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Author:  Lilly [ Thu Jul 22, 2010 2:49 am ]
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Vaux le Vicomte was the inspiration for Versailles. Nicholas Fouquet (1615-1680) used the trio of Le Brun, Le Notre, Le Vau to realize his dream. After a magnificent party in 1661, King Louis XIV had Fouquet imprisoned until he died in 1680. The King confiscated the property but eventually it was returned to the family. It remains in private hands today and is in need of a lot of work.

Author:  Lilly [ Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:05 am ]
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View from street -

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Author:  Lilly [ Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:09 am ]
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Marija - your restaurant

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Author:  Lilly [ Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:11 pm ]
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View from road

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Author:  Lilly [ Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:15 pm ]
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Back or Garden side of the chateau

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Author:  Lilly [ Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:17 pm ]
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For you Delicate Fleur - gardens

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Author:  Lilly [ Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:20 pm ]
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I loved this pond with the Crown -

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Author:  Délicate fleur [ Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:29 pm ]
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Merci Lilly for the photo of those mathematically precise gardens....I do like the pond view as well, a great angle you shot from. It really is a garden for promenading....I think I prefer the styles of jardin anglaise and that of Petit Trianon. As well as Malmaison's rose garden... :lol:

Still, this garden is very impressive which suits its purpose.

Author:  Marija Vera [ Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:19 pm ]
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Beautiful photos, especially the first one. There is something about it so atmospheric, the architecture is somehow unique and imposing that I prefer it even to Versailles. For me it is a perfect harmony. Poor Nicholas Fouquet, he got too carried away in his role and wealth...

Author:  baron de batz [ Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:18 pm ]
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Fouquet was a most interesting man. In a sense more representative of the time of Louis XIII than of Louis XIV, close as he was to Mazarin. He had that gift for living, for enjoying life and creating beauty. He had more money than the young King, which proved his downfall, and was important, even instrumental in the career of so many great men like Le Nôtre, La Fontaine, Molière, Le Brun, Vatel...the letters of Mme de Sévigné show just how brilliantly he defended himself in his trail, saving his own life.

Author:  jimcheval [ Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:06 am ]
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Marija Vera wrote:
Poor Nicholas Fouquet, he got too carried away in his role and wealth...

It's an old lesson: never outshine the boss. Whether he's a king or the Mayor of New York (as Giuliani's police chief learned to his regret).

Author:  Arietta [ Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:34 am ]
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I visited this beautiful chateau 6 years ago...Thanks for the memories! 8)

Author:  Lilly [ Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:24 am ]
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Thanks - Glad you enjoyed the pictures! I have pictures of the inside rooms as well.

This narrow wooden stairway leads up through the dome (seen from the garden side) out onto the rooftop. I was amazed that people were allowed to climb these stairs unattended (I did) and walk on the circular area on top of the dome. I took pictures from up there too. It was a little scary.

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Author:  Lilly [ Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:15 am ]
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I have encountered a little mystery -
While recently in Paris, I decided to go to the church where Nicolas Fouquet and some family members are reported to be buried. St. Mary of the Visitation, 17 Rue St. Antoine. I was directed by a nice woman to the side entrance, where she told me the crypt was. Upon entering this side entrance I spoke with the pastor of the church and told him I wanted to see the crypt and more specifically the Fouquet's. He showed me the crypt and said that Nicholas Fouquet is not interred there and that the story was a myth! Where is Nicholas Fouquet?
A photo of the crypt -

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Author:  baron de batz [ Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:59 am ]
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I'll try and find out more Lilly.

Its' true that the crypt photo you show doesn't seem to contain any signs of tombs. Strange.

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