Saturday morning was gorgeous, and Mark and I did something we need to do way more frequently- got out of town.
After consulting our book, An Hour From Paris, we decided to go to Ecouen, a 14th century chateau surrounded by a forested park. The chateau, built in the Renaissance style, is home to the National Museum of the Renaissance. It also is home to a little restaurant with a smattering of tables outside, overlooking the countryside. This was fortuitous, as the chateau closes from 12:30-2:00, and we arrived at approximately 11:45. The hour and a half closure was just enough time for us to enjoy sunshine, quiche, a bottle of wine, and dessert, before resuming our tour. Delightful.
We rode a commuter train from Gare du Nord to Ecouen, and I was awed by the cleanliness and the comfort of the train. Those Frenchies know how to do trains. I wish they would come teach us in Texas.
The village of Ecouen was tiny. We followed signs to a forest path leading to the chateau. It was enchanting.
We arrived back at the train station just early enough for one last beverage before we left. It was a good day.