Château Vaux le Vicomte and Le Nôtre !!!

This is awesome, another reason to visit my belle France, in all its splendeurs! A must to visit indeed.  Another wonderful memory of my dear late wife Martine, and I traveling in her native department the beauty is amazing. We came here the second year after marriage in 1992 and have been coming here regularly in our visits from the USA, and ,then, while living in France. This is a wonderful story and a beautiful castle still in private hands ! Do see my other posts on the castle in my blog, as this will be short and sassy with new pictures ,and this one new text.This is all from our latest visit this week. A reminder, the Château Vaux le Vicomte is in the village of Maincy, Seine et Marne dept 77 of the Île de France region, of my belle France.  Hope you enjoy this post as I ,on a person not given the full credit he deserves me think. This is the sublime Château Vaux le Vicomte and Le Nôtre !!!

Vaux le Vicomte castle walking to ticket office inside may23

The Château de Vaux le Vicomte gardens  confirmed to Louis XIV the renown of André Le Nôtre that gives him the order to do Versailles for the next century the heirs of Le Nôtre spread to all of Europe the principals applied in Vaux le Vicomte.

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Vaux le Vicomte castle permanent collection on André Le Nôtre gardener bust may23

Contrary to what has always been said, Le Nôtre intervened very early in the design of the entire estate, from 1639, advising Fouquet, even before the deed of purchase of Vaux had been signed. However, most of the work did not begin until the land was acquired and sufficient resources were available. Fouquet’s remarriage in 1651, and his numerous and judicious investments, ensured him unparalleled financial power, while his appointment as Superintendent of Finances in 1653 provided him with the social base justifying the creation of an exceptional ensemble, All the elements specific to the art of Le Nôtre, and which were to constitute his “trademark”, were brought together here in a masterly demonstration made of balance and elegance, masking the complexity of the desired effects behind a line of a limpidity which fascinated his contemporaries. His success also rested on a professional organization which found in Vaux his first attested illustration, consisting in working with men he knew for having trained them or for being his parents. The success of this achievement and the means that the king or the great ministers would give to Le Nôtre enabled him to refine the secret of his art and to decline it in constantly renewed and spectacular combinations.

Vaux le Vicomte castle permanent collection on André Le Nôtre gardener hist of gardens may23

Vaux le Vicomte castle permanent collection on André Le Nôtre gardener map may23

The seminal work of French Formal Garden”, housed in the basement of the château, is a large audiovisual display, in which Le Nôtre himself explains to Nicolas Fouquet the different stages of landscaping the estate. This room will help all to better understand the genius of Le Nôtre, and to more fully enjoy their walks in the gardens. Don’t miss it! It is situated after the kitchens, and will help you discover Le Nôtre’s tricks and optical illusions in the French Formal Garden of Vaux-le-Vicomte, considered as his masterpiece! Indeed worth the trip alone, the gardens! And do do see this expo recommended !!!

Vaux le Vicomte castle permanent collection on André Le Nôtre gardener on gardens 2 may23

Vaux le Vicomte castle permanent collection on André Le Nôtre gardener on gardens may23

The official Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte:

The Seine et Marne dept 77 tourist office on the castle

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior trip this time only with my 3 young men and dog Rex , less but nevertheless, a wonderfully trip down memory lane in Seine et Marne, dept 77. The Château Vaux le Vicomte have written plenty on it in my blog but , never enough on this marvel of our belle France ; of course I am friend of the castle since 2004 and have come more times that I write about it as many in our official visits pictures are not allowed, You must come here to the Château de Vaux le Vicomte and enjoy the wonders of my Seine et Marne, The expo on the genious of Le Nôtre is wonderful and well done me think, one not to miss in your visit . Again, hope you enjoy the post on the Château Vaux Le Vicomte, and Le Nôtre as I

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all !!!

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