The old village is interesting to look at, but if you walk up from the train station, you will pass through the more modern village, typical suburban village of Ile de France, of the twenties-fifties. Small dead end streets, small houses in different styles (picture 1) are typical here. The church (picture 2) is not really a marvel of architecture,...more
If Marly le Roi is now a big suburban area, it kept its centre rather well preserved and you can visit there a nice coloured little village where the main street is really charming and where a walk between shops, cafés and coloured houses is enjoyable, relaxing and offering a nice “provincial” atmosphere 15 km away only from Paris.Cobblestones,...more
In the park, above Château de Monte Cristo, is the kitsch gothic “Chateau d’If” (picture 1), named like the prison from where Edmond Dantes (The count of Monte Cristo) escaped, and where Dantes, during his long detention prepared his revenge; Dumas used this pavilion to write his books, like preparing –not for a revenge- his future successes. The...more
Alexandre Dumas who had lots of success (and money) with his “Three Musketeers” and the “Count of Monte Cristo”, decided to find a place where he could, in all quietude, write many more of his novels. He made the choice of a land in Marly, above the Seine, in a wooden park where he commissioned the building of a mansion (Chateau) and a smaller...more
The drinking trough of Marly was a drinking trough for horses, other animals and people, but was also an intermediate basin of the Marly Machine to carry the water uphill; the water was carried in several legs to higher and higher basins till the top of the hill; from there, on one side, water flowed down into the network of the chateau de Marly...more
The park of Marly is just a festival of beautiful statues, and in a side alley you will be amazed by this Diane (picture 2), by Guillaume Coustou, alone, like in a green jewel case, formed by the trees. A beautiful group of four statues decorates the upper Basin of the Park; There are Amphitrite (picture 2), and Neptune (picture 3), they are copies...more
Incredible Coustou family!The Coustou were a sculptors family, with Guillaume, the father, Guillaume the son, and Nicolas, the uncle (and brother); the King Sun commissioned them all the works you can see in the Park of Marly, but they also were architects and landscapers, and their great work can be seen in Lyon, where they landscaped the Saône...more
Many people know the horse of Marly, but less know who created them, and about their history.The horses of Marly are a group of four sculptures, featuring horses, of course which, when they were created by Guillaume Coustou the son, in 1745, as his father could not finish them were installed at the lower end of the park, above the drinking trough....more
The huge park of Marly is also very interesting to look at from the sides, how to say? From the woods, from side alleys, and even the surroundings offer some interesting views.There are a few side alleys like this one (picture 1), behind a basin, or this one on the east side, (picture 2) taking you to some height, where other vistas can be...more
The easiest way to get to Marly is to take the train at St Lazare station, departure about every half hours, trip lasts 30-35 mn.
From the train station you unfortunately have to choose, either park in one direction, or Monte Cristo in the other direction.
I would suggest, Park first, walking trhough the village, visit the park and back to station, where you can take a bus to Monte Cristo; line 10, stop “Les Lampes”, if you are not sure where, ask the driver. 10 mn to get there, be aware there are not many buses on Saturday ( one every 30mn) or Sunday (one every hour, or so. . . ).
The station of Marly is a typical beginning 20th century building (picture 1) and has been renovated several times to comply to modern trains (picture 2).
To go to Marly, you will have to take the train at St Lazare station (picture 3) in Paris, where some modern sculptures decorate the main entrance (picture 3)
Bus, this website: http://www.veolia-transport-idf.fr/veolia/apps/netportal/default/defaultpage.jsp?idtab=35709