Located at the back of the Chateau is an impressive dome that towers above you at an height of 25 metres. Climbing to its top provides a 360° view around the expansive estate.
In order to climb the tower, I had to pay an additional 3€ at it’s entrance. The woman collecting money looked down at my walking cast and seemed concerned that I wouldn’t make it up the stairs. Feeling quite confident, I assured her that I had been traipsing around Paris and would be fine.
Of course, as soon as I saw the stairs themselves I questioned my bravado.
What the hell had I got myself into?
I took my time, stopping along the way and forcing myself to not look down. Aside from my injured foot, I’m actually quite scared of heights.
When I had finally reached the top I turned around to look back where I came from. Truth be told, I was dreading heading back down the rickety stairs.
But the view of the gardens more than made up for my white knuckles experience. The tiered gardens stretch outwards for near 3 km and are self watered by canals.
The swirly design on the grass in the foreground is an art installation called, Ephemeral Ribbons, by Patrick Hourcade. They take the place of the previous boxwood hedges that were destroyed by disease.
If memory serves correct, I believe that the owners of Vaux-le-Vicomte live in the building in the distance.
One last look up towards the sky before I headed for the stairs
With trepidation, and an hand firmly grasping the railing, I made my way safely back down
Check back tomorrow to start the tour of the Château’s jaw dropping interior.