The week before we left for England, I accomplished something huge — any guesses as to what it was? I officially finished writing and editing my thesis — all 107 pages of it! Although I’m still doing some light cosmetic editing in the month or so leading up to my defense, I feel so relieved and happy about having it done! To celebrate this milestone, The Husband and I met up with our friends, David and Reba, to visit the Château de Chantilly in celebration of my new found free time!
Most of you probably know what Chantilly is, but for those of you who don’t, its basically fancy whipped cream — hence the draw to the Château. Before we were able to check out the grounds and Hameau for some Chantilly, however, of course we had to check out the Château itself!
Maybe I’ve just been a Château hater lately, but Chantilly to me was a strange place to visit. From the outside, the Château is absolutely beautiful — set over water, beautiful iron gates, gorgeous gardens and stables as a backdrop (THE STABLES!! Reba and I are planning on going back to visit some day soon….). The inside, at least for me, was overwhelming, and not in a good way. The main halls in the Château had been set up almost like a museum, however, instead of having only a few paintings on the walls so the viewers could take them all in individually, the paintings were piled on top of each other all the way from floor to ceiling, with barely any room between each one! Now imagine a ballroom decorated like that and you can see why I thought it was overwhelming. There were some gorgeous paintings in the Château, as well as beautiful decorations, but I couldn’t really concentrate and appreciate any of them because there was just too much for me to look at! That being said, the Château itself was beautiful, and definitely worth the time and money to get in at least once, I just wish everything were more spread out! Definitely take the time to visit the Chapel, though — it was absolutely gorgeous!