Paris, autumn and one of those moments where you can’t believe your luck. Strangely few tourists seem to have visited Vincennes and yet it is just a direct single Metro ticket to the Château and costs practically nothing to get in. To add to the overall amazing architecture a vintage car show was just winding up as we arrived and I managed to snap this ancient vs vintage photo of this charming old taxi with the Château behind. We spent a spectacular day wandering around the castle and could not believe how fabulous the architecture was and how much we could access. To see some of the original paintwork still on the stone ceilings in some of the chambers gave a sense of how colourful these places must have once been.
We were practically alone except for a child’s birthday party group who were all dressed in medieval costumes. Oh to live somewhere where one can have a dress up party in a real castle! The Marquis de Sade was locked up here as well once the authorities realised how vile he was, but it is the ability to walk into the chambers and experience the spaces that Louis the IX wandered about in and see the astonishing 52m high donjon tower at the centre that is the real treat. The separate chapel is in itself a wonder. We finished the day with a freshly made crepes aux bananes at a quirky little eatery outside the castle walls, returning home, cameras and hearts full of joy.