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Very Quiet and Good for tourism
Tours are given only in French. Not allowed to wander around without the guide.
In a nutshell
Very nice town to spend a day in!
Ordinarily, Chantilly is a very touristic town, and there is not too much activities once it is evening.
However, if you are here with your patner, it is very romantic. The mood in the evening is very ideal for lovers.
Updated Nov 28, 2004
Address: Chateaux Chantilly
The story of Francois Vatel is connected with the Chateau de Chantilly, in April 1671 Louis XIV came to the chateau for a three day visit. He was the greatest chef in France at the time (perhaps the 1st celebrity chef?) and he had to feed Louis and his entourage of some 5,000 people with little notice. Vatel is said to have committed suicide by running himself through with a sword after, among many mishaps, the fish course was late. The French certainly do take their cuisine quite seriously!
It seems that all things that we visited in the region were somehow connected, Vatel was well known for also serving the feast for the inauguration of Nicolas Fouquet's Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte in 1661 when Fouquet was arrested.
There is a movie made of this story, Vatel, with Gérard Depardieu playing the role of Vatel. It portrayed a slightly different theory as to the reason behind his suicide although the fish did make an appearance in the movie. And I'm guessing that Uma Thurman's character was thrown in to have an underlying love story. Part of the movie was filmed at Chantilly but most of the main shots of the chateau appeared to be Vaux le Vicomte
Updated Nov 23, 2011
We discovered also that the office close very early. The picture you see is the Office de Tourism and you could see that it was shut.
Unique Suggestions: It is advisable to arrive in good time in order to have optimum benefits.
Fun Alternatives: The alternative is to check the local map of Chantilly and do it yourself. That was exactly what I did. Any way, it meant that I have to go back. Haha.
Written Nov 27, 2004