After having successfully convinced my friend to come to Estonia, I made him come to the Oise to see some of our most important monument and prettiest cities! In only one day it was possible to make him change his mind on our « countryside » department.
From the few people I met in my University there is one with who I could have some interesting travel. Back in Belfort Cedric was the person with whom I visited Switzeland for the first time, and later when he was established in Lille we had a weekend trip to Belgium (two times) and Nertherlands. The last we met was in Estonia when he finally decided to come to experiment the Baltic states.
Chantilly castle and park
If it should remain only one, the Chantilly castle will be the one. Pretty, romantic, small enough, I really enjoy to see it whenever it is sunny, rainy or snowy. I usually spam my friends with photos of it so it became normal for me to bring them there before anywhere else! I took Cedric at the train station and we checked the stables and hyppodrom waiting for the Castle to be open for visitors.
For the first time in maybe ten years I enter the famous park (which was designed by André le Notre). The park looks very nice and romantic (indeed) but we had to face a strong and cold wind that made the tour not very enjoyable…
Second city we visited, not very far from Chantilly but so different from it. The old town of Senlis is well preserved and has a long heritagle that can be trace from the roman time (there is a roman amphiteater) and was a center of power during the middle age. The royal caslte is in total ruins but one can now enjoy the nice park created around it
We had lunch at the britain restaurant few meters from the cathedral square. Food (typical pancake from that region) was delicious!
Compiègne and the Clairière de l’Armistice
Another large park is in Compiègne, its entrance is free of charge. We could see the palace that was rebuilt many time before become the favourite residence of King Louis XV. But it was under the Imperial rules that the palace gain its final form. Large and short.
Something new for me, and also for my friend, was the Glade of the Armistice site, where the first and second world wars were ending. The main monument is the wagon in which the French and German signed the end of the war. That wagon is actually a replica since somewhere in 40’s Hilter made a visit of Compiégne and decided to destroy the original.
The wagon is protect in a house that host an interesting museum that cover both world wars with many informations, weapons, objects and newspapers.
I have talked many times about the castle of Pierrefonds, close to Compiègne. I couldn’t not bring my friend to see it. An important former fort rebuild by famous architect Viollet le Duc under Napoleon’s wish. That is the most impressive castle of our region, beating Chantilly on aspects. Last time I visited Pierrefonds was in 2013… things haven’t changed since and Cedric and I were happy to see those high towers and walls on the hill, we even had a funny photo shoot there 😀
Our day was ending and I rush to bring him to the train station in Compiègne for him to take his train. I don’t know when we will meet again, but it seems that we see each other once a year and during the summer only…