Monfort l’Amaury an old county of France

This is a beautiful town in my department of Yvelines no 78,west of Paris. There is so much to see just in my area, it will take years to see it all,not to mention France. The count of Monfort, the fist one was name Amaury so the name of Montfort l’Amaury.

This is an old town even if most in France are old , this is old ! It was king Robert II who had built the castle here in 996AD on the hill of Montfort. It was the domain of the counts of Monfort since the 11C.  It was part of Brittany from 1292AD, and came back to the kingdom of France in 1547 when Brittany came in to France.  So there is my history bit, just a bit.

Many roads take you here all departamental ,this is deep France country!   The N12 direction Thoiry, and the D13 direction Maurepas  as well as the N10 direction Chevreuse are the ones I take. From Paris the best way is to get out at porte de Chatillon in the boulevard peripherique and take the A86 direction Versailles that will link with the N12 direction Dreux; get off at the D76 dir Mére continue until Montfort l’Amaury. You can try michelin but will give you a expressway route of more time.  I am tired of writing to them for the corrections…

The train station serve both Mére and Montfort l’Amaury from Paris Montparnasse ,Transilien is the webpage for the local train schedules here  http://www.transilien.com/web/site/lang/en . By bus from nearby communities you can take the Hourtoule line 5 at webpage http://www.cars-hourtoule.fr/zf/horaires/ligne/num/5 ,and Company Veolia Transport Rambouillet on lines 1,9,15,and 19 at webpage http://www.idf.veolia-transport.fr/reseau-bus-veolia_transport_rambouillet/ , and company Veolia Transport Houdan on lines  2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 at webpage http://www.idf.veolia-transport.fr/reseau-bus-veolia_transport_houdan/

Things to see here are the Castle ,Château-fort de Montfort ,built in the 11C by Simon 1er de Montfort on a hill 185 meters high ( 611 ft) with a view over Chartres to Beauvais at the entrance of the forest, and destroyed during the 100 years war and only the ruins  of the donjon/tower exist today call the tower or Tour Anne de Bretagne.  Church or Eglise St Pierre,old church  built in 1050AD  of  huge size for a small town ,ordered built a new by Anne de Bretagne by 1491AD it has wonderful stained glass that you can at its official webpage http://www.st-pierre-montfort-l-amaury.fr/   .A cementary of the  15C and 16C surrounded by galeries looking like a cloister; some of the personalities resting here are Duchesse de Chârost, Comte de la Boïssière-Chambors, Comte de Dion, Céleste Albaret (governess house maid of Marcel Proust), Germaine Beaumont, Danny Robin, and Georges Marchal .  The house now museum of Maurice Ravel (music composer creator of Bolero )  call the  Belvédère, a mansion from the 20C at the foot of the ruins of the donjon/tower looking down on the town. Maurice Ravel lived here from 1921 to his death in 1937. Admission is 7.30€ adults see the special webpage here http://www.lesjourneesravel.com/  . And the Chateau de Groussay at rue de Versailles just outside of town,built in 1820 but made as sumptuous as today from 1938. It is typically Chinese inspired portraits and fabrications with sculptures by the architect of Cuban origin Emilio Terry and painting inside by Alexandre Serebriakoff. It has about 30 vases all over a nice garden, with stables, and it is still a private property but open to the public, admission is 15€ castle and gardens ;webpage http://www.chateaudegroussay.com/. In the town there is an old house where Cuban/French teacher Jose Maria de Heredia lived for a while ,it is at Rue de la Môitiére just off Place Robert Brault.

After seeing the above, the best way is to walk its quaint medieval streets, it has the feel of being in another era,and it is just wonderful. The walk up towards the Castle and the tower has wonderful views over the city, and it is just superb.  The walk along the ramparts of the 11C its great all along a garden and looking up at the city above it. Again lodging are plentyful in small properties that you can look at the tourist office, I have no experience here as it is my backyard! However , passing by and seeing the history with it, the hotel Saint Laurent looks wonderful the webpage is here http://www.hotelsaint-laurent.com/  For eating the marvelous street Rue Saint Laurent just in front of the church St Pierre at place de la Liberation ; great at Bistrot des Tours,great bruschettas at 3 place de la Liberation, webpage http://www.bistrotdestours.com/ , and La Place,7 place de la Liberation for great grills ,no web, Tél. +33 01 34 86 01 30 .

Try to take home or eat on site along the donjon park the chocolates of Chocolatiers Le Show Colha , 48 rue de Paris, a chocolate box completely cover in chocolate with small pieces of chocolate inside, life a gift box! webpage http://www.le-show-colha-78.com/

The tourist office is on the city of Montfort l’Amaury webpage in French, http://www.ville-montfort-l-amaury.fr/Maison-du-Tourisme-et-du-Patrimoine ,you can contact the tourist office for the Yvelines dept at http://www.tourisme.yvelines.fr/en.html or the Ile de France region tourist webpage at http://www.nouveau-paris-ile-de-france.fr/

Have a great deep Yvelines trip and still not far from Versailles! Cheers

 

 

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