Property of the Duc d’Aumale, son of our last French king Louis-Philippe, Chantilly is set in a charming area. Nowadays owned by the Institut de France, it shows the second largest collection of antique paintings after the Louvre. For example three works by Raphael, and other ones by Delacroix, Ingres, Van Dyck, Watteau and many more. Surrounded by gardens designed by Le Nôtre, the landscape architect of Versailles, this peaceful place deserves at least a long half-day.
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My favorite trips around Paris
Join me on one of my favourite guided trips around Paris. Enjoy a visit of la Malmaison, the splendid house where Napoleon and Josephine resided during the Consulate. Monet’s garden at Giverny is a very relaxing and peacefull area, at lunch time especially. Vaux-le-Vicomte is according to me the best palace to discover outside Paris, contemporary to Versailles, but less busy.