Rambouillet Travel Guide

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Rambouillet Things to Do

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    by rexvaughan Written Nov 14, 2004

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    Although this building is a 19th C one, there has been a church here for centuries. This one is very attractive, but not particularly outstanding. However, we found it worth a look inside for the lovely and poignant memorial to those who died in WWI and WWII. It is on the route from the train station to the Chateau, so stop in for a few minutes.

    St. Lubin Church

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    by rexvaughan Written Nov 14, 2004

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    Adjacent to the Chateau is a huge complex of gardens and a large park that is now a public place. Though somewhat formalized in style, there are still some natural areas and it is quite lovely. As this was once used by Louis XVI as a hunting forest, it is not surprising to find this copper statue of Diana, the goddess of hunting in the park. There are lots of trails along canals and lakes and benches where one could picnic in nice weather. Even on a rainy October day we saw several people walking their dogs here.

    Diana

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    by rexvaughan Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    I'm showing off using the word "quincunx." In the brochure I got at the chateau, it explains that this is "an arrangement of plants (as trees) in a regular checkerboard pattern, forming parallel paths that intersect at right angles." The one here is lovely and has a number of interesting statues within and around it. This particular quincunx is large leafed lime trees planted about 1710 and the composition is pretty much unchanged today. This statue stands at the center and is "Solar Boat" was done in 1993 by a Czech sculptor, Karel. It was originally intended for the Elysee in Paris, but Francois Mitterrand chose to place it here instead.

    Barque Solaire
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    • Historical Travel

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Rambouillet Restaurants

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    by rexvaughan Written Nov 14, 2004

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    This is a fairly new looking cafe with lots of glass at and over the front which gives it a nice airy ambience. The day we were there it was raining, but there is a nice terrace for fair weather. There were some table games in the back which were occupied by local young people so it seems to attract the younger local set. We arrived after the normal lunch hour and asked if we could have lunch. Our waiter was very accomodating and inquired of the chef who agreed to feed us.

    Favorite Dish: The food was not fancy but very good - I had a very nice omelette with a good green salad and my wife had a croque monsieur with the salad. We both had what I regard as the best French beer, Kronenbourg 1664 which is brewed in Alsace. It was named after the year the Hatt family, the brewery's founders, first started commercial brewing. This is a darkish beer with golden highlights has an aromatic hoppiness and a subtle but not harsh bitterness. Okay, so us dumb Americans don't know better than to drink beer in France!

    Le Celtique

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Rambouillet Transportation

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    by rexvaughan Written Nov 14, 2004

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    There is frequent train service from Gare Montparnasse (hourly on weekdays) and the trip is a little over half hour unless you get one of the "locals" that make every stop. In the photo Rambouillet is about the 15th stop and this can take over an hour. Check the schedules at Montparnasse for the "Banlieue" (suburban) lines. Fare is about 7 euros.

    All these stops!

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