Thursday Doors – Chantilly

After our visit to Château de Chantilly, my friends and I wandered through the quaint town of Chantilly back towards the train station. I came across this door and couldn’t help but stop to take a picture.

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Château de Chantilly – Under the Dome

Before we head inside for a dressage demonstration, I thought I’d share a photo of one of the horses practicing its fancy trot outside. I say trot but, let’s be serious. It could have been a simple walk, or a canter or a trot. I don’t know the difference, but my limited horse related knowledge […]

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Château de Chantilly – Equine Art

What’s an horse museum without horse related art? Yesterday we visited the Grand Stables. Today we’re headed further into the museum to check out a few of the horse related art pieces I came across.

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Château de Chantilly – Musée de Cheval

Calling all horse lovers! If the story is to be believed, Louis Henri, Duke of Bourbon (technically also Prince of Condé, although he preferred his Bourbon title), was sure he’d be reincarnated as an horse after he died.

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Château de Chantilly – One Last Look

Sadly, it’s almost time to say goodbye to the château and move onto another area of the sprawling estate. But before we do, let’s take a look at some of the interesting things that I saw that didn’t fit in nicely with any of my previous posts. I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with me […]

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Château de Chantilly – Paint it Gold

As I write this post, Vancouver is in the midst of yet another rainy evening. There’s been so much rain over the past month that venturing out involves head to toe rain suits, hip waders and life preservers. I’m only slightly exaggerating.

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Thursday Doors – Chantilly

I know, I know. My contribution to Thursday Doors last week was also from Château de Chantilly. But this week’s door is different, and you’ll soon see why I wanted to share it. While last week’s door was over the top shiny and gold, understandably not to everyone’s taste, this week’s is more natural. I […]

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Château de Chantilly – The Chapel

Much of Château de Chantilly was demolished after The Revolution, and when it was later rebuilt in the late 1800s it was architect Honoré Daumet who was tasked with creating a chapel that would not only serve as a place of worship – but also as a new home for the Condé Hearts.

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Château de Chantilly – The Reading Room

We already know that The Duke of Aumale was a fan and collector of fine art. But I was surprised to learn that he was also an enthusiastic bibliophile. In fact, during his life he collected a staggering 60,000 volumes. Of those, almost 19,000 are on public display. The Reading Room at Château de Chantilly […]

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King Henry IV Wax Mask

Wax masks (often referred to as death masks) were once the preferred way to memorialize a person’s likeness, and could be used to create statues or busts or other pieces of artwork long after the person had passed away. Newer technology means that documenting physical features can now easily be done with forensic photography.

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Three Graces

One thing about Château de Chantilly that I found especially interesting is that its collection of art was personally owned by its last private owner, the Duke of Aumale.

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Thursday Doors – Chantilly

Since we’re knee deep in posts about the Château de Chantilly, I thought it was only appropriate to share a door I came across during my visit. Or, more accurately, the intricate gold detailing.

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Château de Chantilly – The Stag Gallery

Imagine, if you will, that you’re an esteemed artistic or intellectual member of society back at the end of the 19th Century. You’ve received an invite from the Duke of Aumale to visit him at his impressive country home on the outskirts of Chantilly this coming Sunday.

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Château de Chantilly – Before We Head In

Château de Chantilly, located a short train ride from Paris, makes for an enjoyable day trip. But before we head into the chateau, I thought we’d take a walk around the impressive property.

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Chantilly Cream

Have you heard the story about François Vatel, the butler at the castle of Chantilly who invented Chantilly cream? Allow me fill you in..

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Flowers of Chantilly

I’ll get to the actual chateau in future posts, but at the time of writing this post the weather here in Vancouver is pretty bleak: grey, cool, scattered showers and not very Summer-y at all. So I decided I needed a pop of colour.

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Chantilly – #POTD

I made a trip to Chantilly with some friends today. Our goal was to tour the Chateau de Chantilly and try the famous Chantilly Cream, both of which I’m happy to report were accomplished.

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