Yvelines beauties and the Eure/Loir nearby

Well I am on the neighborhood so let me tell you about some beauties not too well known but wonderful properties that I have all around me.

Yvelines ,dept 78 the old Seine et Oise region is full of history,and what we have next door is wonderful ,such as the neighboring Eure et Loir dept 27 ,part of the Centre region now.

Here you have the towns of Marly-le-roi, Louveciennes, Houdan, and Anet. Its very near me so visit even on weekends just for a getaway from the city. Let me tell  you a bit of what you will find in these lovely towns.

First, Marly-le-roi, and Louvecinnes as these two share the magnificent Musée Promenade with its old machine de Marly fame.  In this historic park , the museum traces with paintings, graphic arts, sculpture, furniture, and decorated arts the history of the old royal domaine today gone.  In 1679 king Louis XIV had built in the swampy waters of Marly a fairy tale palace . This was a huge building surrounded by 12 additional smaller ones and the Grande Piéce d’eau or big lake mixing art and nature. It has the domaine at its height with collections from Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI. But ,also, of personalities such as Madame Du Barry, and renown artists of the times such as Boucher, Mme Vigée-Lebrun, Ledoux etc.  Here you will discover the huge Machine de Marly, 8th wonder of the world, archeological findings in different objects from the area, a building of baths, fountains of laces to welcome carps etc; marvelous walks nowdays amongst wonders. Some of it were taken to the Louvre museum such as the horse of Marly for which the museum has a cafe name after it.  You get here by the La Grille Royale on the road N186 which on the other side of Versailles and off the autoroute A13 exit 5 dir St Germain en Laye. Public transport on the RER A from points in Paris to St Germain en Laye, then bus No 1 until Louveciennes village or from gare Saint Lazare on train to marly le roi .  Admission is only 4€ . The webpage in French is  http://www.musee-promenade.fr/

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