I’m going to admit something here — I visit châteaux mainly for the grounds, not the actual buildings themselves. Yes, the châteaux are beautiful and amazing, and unlike anything in America, but to be honest, they all start to look similar (to me who has no architecture training whatsoever) after you visit a fair amount of them. The grounds, however, are ALWAYS different. Chantilly is famous for its gardens that were landscaped by Le Nôtre — a famous dead French guy who apparently had great taste in shrubberies and plants. I love him for this great taste.
So, after leaving the château I was more than ready to take in the expansive gardens that Chantilly has to offer! Two slight problems — 1. It rained, cutting our time short… and 2. They were setting up for a triathlon that was taking place on the grounds the next day, meaning that over half of the grounds were shut down! Needless to say, I’m planning on returning again some day soon so I can really take in the gardens — I’d like to devote a whole day to them and nothing else!
While we didn’t get to see all of the gardens, what we did get to see was well worth the money!