The Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte is breathtaking. Around 50 km south east of Paris, you might recognize it from films like James Bond’s Moonraker, The Man with The Iron Mask, and unusually enough, the series Versailles.
The chateau is privately owned and nothing short of incredible – and I was lucky enough to visit for a day when it was closed to the public.
The podcast episode
If you’re a podcast person, listen to my chat with the owner, Jean Charles de Vogüé. We talked about life as a chateau owner, how his family actually came into possession of this famous building, and the Hollywood weddings it has hosted. We also talk about the intriguing history of the chateau and how it caused the envy of King Louis XIV.
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We recorded the episode inside the gilded games room, which is pictured below. That’s Jean Charles on the right, a lovely gentleman!
Videos from the chateau
Prefer videos? Click play below and see an eye-popping drone video of the entire estate. Yes, that’s me and Lina on the balcony at the start. What a sunset we saw!
And as I mentioned in the podcast, Jean Charles and I climbed the scaffolding to the top of the Grand Salon to inspect the renovation job. Below is my YouTube video, I hope you’re subscribed to the channel!
Lastly, if you’re an Earful Tower Patreon supporter, here’s the link to see the replays of the two live videos I did at the chateau. The first was a long stroll with Jean Charles through the gardens, he even turned on the fountains for us (and his pet dogs who joined us for the walk). The second video features an exclusive look inside all the rooms of the chateau without another soul in sight, with Jean Charles explaining it all and even revealing a family secret on one of the tapestries 🙂 Sign up here for the replays (and all the other bonus content!)
That’ll do for now! Hope you can make it to Vaux on your next trip to Paris!