Chateau d’Esclimont



When I booked our stay at Chateau d’Esclimont I was so excited at the prospect of a night away with my husband and no kids that it didn’t really matter where we stayed.  When I saw this hotel though, I knew that Jon would love it.  When we pulled up to the chateau it surpassed our expectations.



We realized later that, as guests, we were supposed to drive across the bridge.  We had parked in the employee parking lot.  Oops!


We were shown to our room, overlooking the gardens.  This chateau was sold to a hotel developer in 1981, but before that it was handed down through several families.  You can definitely feel the traditional chateau fell here, while enjoying the modern bathrooms.





This was the mantel in our room.



I love going on adventures with this guy!



One set of sconces in the room.



The bust of an ancestor in the hallway.



The hallway that our room was on.  This place got a little creepy at night, especially since we were the only guests.



We went for a walk before dinner.



This place was gorgeous, and it was fun to have time to explore.  When you visit a chateau with children it is a crazy experience.



I got to read the entire booklet they have on the history of the home and all of the families that have lived here.  Thankfully they had one in English.



I wish I had brought it home with me so I could tell you a little more about this statue that was significant to one of the families.



This is who we ate breakfast with.



We drank our coffee and watched the sun rise over the gardens.



I have been collecting candle sticks since moving to France, and I thought I had found some neat ones, but this is amazing.



After breakfast we went out for another walk.



This was on the back side of the house, all the way past the pond.



I love a tree lined path so much.



After our massages and check out we still had a bit of time before we had to head back to reality.  So we decided to take the 25 minute drive to Chartres.  This abandoned looking building on the way into town was an intriguing fixer upper.



We drove around for a bit until we found the cathedral.  I mean, we could see it as soon as we got close to town, but finding the proper place to park was  little more complicated.  Eventually we found “Cathedral” parking and it was just a quick walk to the church.



I have seen a lot of stained glass since moving to France, but it is still always so beautiful.



We had a great visit to the church, we did not get to visit the crypt, we just missed the tour so we will be going back.  I would also like to go back after they have finished their restoration project.  This was one completed piece and it was just stunning.  They are working on the rest of the interior and it will be truly remarkable when they are done.  Right now it is neat to see the difference between the restored and the original to the sound track of power tools.



After the cathedral we had time to grab a sandwich, hop in the car and head back to Paris.  It was just about an hour’s drive and we were home in time for Jon to go back into work and for me to get the kids from the bus stop.  I am so thankful that my mom was able to make this night possible.

A Weekend Away starts with a Vide Grenier

When my mom told us she was coming for a visit one of the first things I did was look for an opportunity for my husband and I to get away together.  With 4 children it can be very difficult to find someone that can watch all 4 overnight.  We hadn’t been away just the two of us since before our youngest was born, over a year ago.  I found a great place for us to go that wasn’t too far from home, more on that later.  Our first activity after leaving the house was a vide grenier.


Who is surprised that I managed to find one near where we were going?  A vide grenier is like a garage sale, only it is an attic sale.  This one was held inside a school in the small town of Auneau.  We had to drive around for a bit, but we found the sale and I went to work.


It was not a huge sale, but I found several treasures, here they are back at home all cleaned up.  The baguette basket is old and beautiful.  The soup toureen is Villeroy and Boch, the black scale was out of someone’s attic, an old French children’s book, the little yellow elephant tea pot and the brass candlestick rounded out my finds.


We got a snack and a cup of coffee from their concession stand and then walked around the town for a little bit.  It is amazing to me the history you can find in small towns.



Our car was parked in a parking lot just to the right of this path.


We would have loved to tour this old building, but it was not open to the public.





This marker was just outside this old house, it talks about a battle between Catholic and Protestants in 1587.  I will never get over the history of this country.



The sign on this building said Telegraphs.


The Mairie’s office, the Christmas lights on this were pretty amazing too.



Another old tower.


I love this field.  We live in the city, not in the heart of Paris, but close enough that we do not get to enjoy much open space.


The green here makes me so happy.


This old building was on the other side of the parking lot.  It is used as some kind of municipal building now.


I wish public buildings in the US had this much character.


This was  great start to a refreshing time away for Jon and I.  More pictures to come.

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