Tous les samedis soirs de début mai à fin octobre, le château de Vaux-le-Vicomte se pare de ses plus belles chandelles afin de nous faire découvrir ses charmes à la lumière vacillante de la lune et des deux mille bougies qui l'habillent. Lors de ces soirées féériques, ce château du XVIIe siècle ouvre ses grilles pour nous faire découvrir son intérieur d'époque et son incroyable jardin à la française.
Every early May to late October Saturday nights, the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte adorns itself with its finest candles to help us discover its charms to the flickering light of the moon and of two thousand candles. During these magic evenings, this castle of the XVIIth century opens its gates to show us its period interior and incredible French garden.
To discover the places while it was still daylight, my boyfriend and I arrived in the late afternoon at the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte. The sun was shining, the weather was good and we took the opportunity to stroll through the gardens, to admire the place, water points, fountains and sculptures.
As night fell and while candles were lit one by one, we went to the castle to visit it. It is a small castle built for Louis XIV's superintendent of finance, Nicolas Fouquet. Several artists known for their work at the palace of Versailles had previously participated in the construction of the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte : the architect Louis Le Vau, the painter Charles Le Brun or the landscaper André Le Nôtre. We find out their personal touch.
After the visit of the castle, we went back to the gardens to enjoy the romantic atmosphere and the wonderful view that offered us the castle and the illuminated gardens. We settled on the loungers of the kiosk The Dream of Vaux to taste a glass of champagne and some macaroons while waiting for the fireworks that would end this unforgettable evening.
I hope this little virtual tour pleased you, and if you want to enjoy one of those candlelit evenings, hurry as they take place every Saturday until October 3rd ; Then you will need to wait until next year!
(The castle is 50km south of Paris, near Melun)