Back in Paris, I am trying desperately to see and do absolutely everything and anything while I still have daylight and decent weather and time to spend here.
Probably the easiest Chateau to get to outside of Paris is St Germain en Laye. It sits upon the RER A station and you just have to cross the street to get to it.
The main appeal here being the remnants of a grand André Le Nôtre garden, views of Paris, and the archeological museum that resides in the chateau. Which, wasn't much really.
It was pretty basic, and the fact the the security guards seemed genuinely surprised to see me was telling. The place was empty.
They did have some kind of cool pieces of art on display, especially in the gardens.
It was quite warm the day I ventured out, and it seems like there are a lot of schools nearby, as there were crowds of teenagers hanging out on the lawns. Picnics were had, along with cigarettes over open books, and the occasional entanglement of limbs.
There's just something so charming about a vineyard with a view of the eiffel tower.
The gardens are well-maintained, but at one point the town took a huge chunk of them away to expand and build a road, so they used to be much grander.
All and all, not the most exciting place to check out, but if you have the time and inclination to wander a garden in the 'burbs, you can't go wrong.