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10 castles and their surrounding areas to visit this week-end in Île-de-France

the enthusiasm of The French heritage has always been very strong. There even seems to be even more after eight weeks of confinement due to the covid-19. There is always something reassuring to stroll not far from these old stones still strong in spite of the centuries. And so symbolic of our cultural heritage...

For this second weekend déconfiné, we feel that the Parisians and ile-de-france are eager to play again the card of the escape green. Why not combine the desire to ventilate the lungs with that of to visit beautiful castles. The opportunity to play lords is again possible less than 100 km from Paris.

marvel at the château de Chantilly

The residence of the Princes of Condé and the duke d'aumale has re-opened its doors since may 21. "We are very pleased to be able to give to the new access to the castle and to the temporary exhibitions, in particular "Fable and bibliophily" and especially the one on Raphael closed 5 days after its opening," said Christophe Tardieu, vice-president of the domaine de Chantilly. "To do this we have redesigned the tour so that the public would not cross. We request all our visitors to wear a mask and distributors of gel-alcoholic are available. The number of people in the castle is limited to 350 and the regulation up to now is done naturally. The validation by the prefecture, these measures and our project has been fast enough to get it."

on the course Side one begins with the history galleries with the hall of portraits of the family Clouet, a true gallery of the history of France from the Renaissance. Then one passes through the great gallery where you can see the paintings of Raphael and the masterpieces of Poussin. In the following rooms, we see the tribune 3 major array of Ingres, the famous portrait of shakespeare, painted by Mignard, and we end up with the princely apartments of the Condé furnished 18th.

For the moment only the castle is accessible to visitors. "The park will remain closed as long as we are in the red zone," says the vice-president of the area. "But it is a shame, because with an area of 115 hectares, there is little risk to walk there, the rules of detachment would be quite met. We are waiting for the 2 June with impatience to know the evolution of the situation."

Château de Chantilly. 7 rue du Connétable, Chantilly (60). Tel.: 03 44 27 31 80. Every day except Tuesday, from 10h to 18 h.

To reenchant the castle of Breteuil

Nicknamed "the castle of the tales of Perrault", the château de Breteuil, located in the Yvelines, has re-opened its doors the 15 of may last, in accordance with the government's decision allowing the reopening of small museums.

Located in the heart of the natural park of the Chevreuse valley, in the south of the Yvelines, france, 35 km from Paris and 20 km from Versailles, the château de Breteuil beautifully furnished revives with 50 wax figures, the daily life of a family in the heart of the history of France.

Seven tales of Perrault are presented in the dependencies. The park of 75 hectares includes the promenade of the remarkable trees, several gardens, a maze, play areas and picnic areas.

according To its director, Jean-Emmanuel Charrault, recently joined at the microphone of France Bleu Paris, "the last weekend was a real success ", and this in spite of the restrictions and arrangements put in place to comply with the safety instructions. "We have well managed the flow of visitors. Everyone folds to the instructions with the smile," said Jean-Emmanuel Charrault.

The castle of Breteuil welcomes visitors since may 15. Castle of Breteuil

Second week-end déconfinée for the Parisians, on the weekend of the Ascension, predicted to be sunny in the Île-de-France, will again push the ile-de-france to find beautiful destinations for green and cultural for swimming in the wild after eight weeks of confinement.

The park of the château de Breteuil is ideal for this purpose, and opens at 10am in the morning.

As for the castle, the place of exit privileged families, large and small, should find something to satisfy their cravings for cultural discoveries and wonderful. However, some places which were put in the scene of the tales of Perrault, such as The tom Thumb, or the sequence of the sleeping beauty located in the old kitchens of the castle, are now prohibited.

The children's playground is also closed.

Finally, the Castle of Breteuil indicates that the entry is free for the nursing staff (hospital staff, long-term care facilities, ambulance and fireman) on presentation of a certificate to thank them for their efforts.

Castle of Breteuil. Choisel (78). Tel.: 01 30 52 05 02.

Frolic in the gardens of Vaux-le-VicomteMême if only the gardens are accessible for the moment, the animations remain many to Vaux-le-Vicomte the end of each week from 20 may. Chircurel.

Vaux-le-Vicomte doesn't want to make pleasure to its visitors. For the re-opening of its park and gardens, the domain, and organises the days of flowers and the opportunity to offer many activities for the whole family in this sunny weekend of the Ascension. "We celebrate this reopening, providing visitors with paid ticket, of flowers that they can choose among many varieties (dahlias, geraniums, petunias, perennials...) that were to constitute the floor of Fouquet" welcomes Alexandre De Vogüe, the owner of the premises. "This is an opportunity for us to not to spoil the 10,000 bulbs and flowers from the region that our gardeners were about to plant at a time when we have been forced to close".

If this initiative will make the happiness of many lovers of flowers, all visitors will for sure, enough to occupy pleasantly the day. For the more young, small boats have been installed on one of the basins. Free for everyone (with gloves – available on the spot in limited stock-) to organize a regatta lively on the waves of Vaux-le-Vicomte! The whole famille will also be able to have fun freely with the wooden games giant made available. To you a mikado full-size, or even a croquet set in the heart of the French gardens designed by Le Nôtre! Not counting the walks that are possible with electric cars (20 euro for 45 minutes, from 14h to 18h) for a stroll through the 33 acres of the domain. Plan your driving licence as well as a security deposit. For maximum security, the carts will be disinfected after each user.

For most observers, a chase the squirrel into gold is organized through the green spaces. But beware, no question of it, you'll have to take a selfie with the little animal. The first to show his photo to the organizers, will win a gift!

Finally, the Company Harlequins, strolls through the park. Famous people appear to help you solve the mystery of the Great Game of the Goose), Nicolas Fouquet, about 1h30 of game. The payment of 10 euros per participant (free for less than 5 years) directly from the group, and reservations are required.

So even if only the gardens are accessible for the moment, the animations will remain many to Vaux-le-Vicomte the end of each week from 20 may. Everything was meticulously organized in order to comply with the health measures and a maximum of 1300 visitors will be hosted each day of the weekend, the port mask is not required. This is the reason why any entry should be purchased in advance on the website of Vaux-le-Vicomte. "We are very pleased to see our visitors they are at the rendez-vous. Our mission now is to make them have a good time within the larger private domain of France," says Alexandre de Vogüe.

Enjoy the park of the château de Fontainebleau

" Everything comes to those who wait !" After two months of confinement, the royal field begins its re-opening in sweetness. As early as 25 may, visitors have access to the park. What is good news for walkers, the latter includes close to one hundred hectares for a walk.

Choose between hiking in the forest which adjoins the park, walking under the lime trees along the channel of 1200 m long, built under Henri IV and admire the way the fontaine Napoleon (created under Napoleon III), the house of the gardener, the fountain of the Queen... activities hiking abound.

The park of Fontainebleau castle reopens from the 25th may. Castle of Fontainebleau

If a certain freedom is given to the walker, the groups of more than 10 people are banned and the social distancing must be respected. Agents circulate in the park, in order to check if these regulations are applied properly. The organizers count on the attention of everyone to follow these guidelines to be able to continue to allow access to other parts of the royal residence. On Tuesday, 2 June, everyone will be able to marvel at the gardens, stroll around the pond with Carp, in the French garden to admire the Grand Parterre of Le Nôtre or the English garden and enjoy the events. The castle will be accessible in early July.

Park of the Castle of Fontainebleau . Fontainebleau (77). Free access 24h on 24h. Tel.: 01 60 71 50 70.

And aussiCourir to pick up some vegetables from the organic vegetable garden of the château de Courances. There is nothing like the local know-how to tantalize your taste buds in a period of déconfinement. Shop Gardens of Courances, rue du Moulin, Courances (91).Admire the fortress of Vincennes, and its keep high of 52 m before veering off for a picnic in the bois de Vincennes (94).Keep in mind the former residence of the kings of France, and from rambling or cycling in the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (78).Contemplate by far the château de Rambouillet, Laiterie de la Reine et Chaumière aux Shells and then to survey the forest area of the forest of Yveline (78).Passing the castle of Ambleville, and find yourself in the heart of the regional natural park of the Vexin, for a great puff of oxygen (95).

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