Posted by: facetothewind | August 8, 2010

Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte

Our new friend Blandine took us to this chateau about 90 minutes from Paris. On Saturday evenings in the summer, they light the whole grounds and castle with candles.

Here’s a little video of the evening…

I am certain they’re going to burn down the castle one day with all those candles. I don’t think I saw a single fire extinguisher. In fact, I even kicked over a candle and it completely covered my foot in hot wax…but no fire ensued.

The chateau was built by Nicolas Fouquet in 1661, the superintendent of finance for King Louis XIV. An elaborate smear tactic and scandal erupted shortly after the construction. Fouquet hosted a party for the King who deemed the estate too extravagant and had him jailed for the rest of his life. It’s kind of a sad story. But also a story of “live by the sword and die by the sword.” Fouquet was the King’s leading financier of his war chest. Uhuh.

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