Alex Roque

Writer By Night

Wandering Wednesday – Château de Chantilly

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“I’m not a vegetarian! I’m a dessertarian!” ― Bill Watterson

On a whim during one of my trips to France, we had decided to try driving to Chantilly to see the historic chateau there. Partly because we wanted to visit the town that whipped cream, or chantilly cream, was named from. Food nerds, here we go!

Though there wasn’t an abundance of chantilly cream at the castle, sadly. But it is a beautiful place to visit.

Also it feels weird to say chateau. But also to just say castle instead. I’m conflicted this entire blog post.


The castle is made up of two buildings, the petit chateau and the grand chateau. The original first building is now replaced by the grand one after it was destroyed in the French Revolution. Then it was completely remodeled in the late 1800s. One of the biggest attractions is the museum within the castle.

There is also a library in the petit chateau, the likes of which I had never been in before. It has over 1300 manuscripts and 12,500 printed volumes. I took some pictures of some of the older books we saw, but with the glass, they came out pretty blurry and hard to read. If only I had a better camera back then!


I apologize for the quality of this picture, but I was just excited to see a picture of Anne Boleyn.

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn




Oh and the internet tells me that it is called chantilly cream supposedly because of the maitre d’hotel of the chateau, Francois Vatel, though it is apparently not known why he is credited with this. He was really dedicated to his job, apparently, as he committed suicide when the fish was late to a banquet for 2,000 people in honor of Louis XIV. D;

So . . .

Another short post this week! But I’m recovering from a birthday weekend and then getting a cold. Next week I will have some pictures of my time getting to train dolphins at Sea World! Woot!


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