À Chantilly

Chantilly: a city famous for horse racing, the song Chantilly Lace (made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis), the eponymous textile, and of course, whipped cream. Chantilly is also home to the Centre Culturel where I take French lessons twice weekly. A charming city combining Haussmann architecture and just the right amount of pâtiserries, pleasant views are not hard to come by. Residents of the historic city also appreciate straight lines, as evidenced by these trees flanking Avenue du Maréchal Joffre;

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the sidewalk of the same street (the exact location I saw two adult deer walking one week later, untroubled by the nighttime traffic whizzing by);

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and next to the hippodrome:

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This third picture, taken in late October, captured the city’s autumnal essence. I try and find excuses to arrive early and stay late Mondays and Thursdays before and after class. Walking toward Chantilly Forest after drinking tea and sharing une assiette de fromage at Le Sylvia is an excellent way to spend an afternoon.

I returned later that evening to the crown jewel of Chantilly, le Château de Chantilly. Finally I felt like I had witnessed the best of this equestrian town had to offer:

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I think I am going to like it here.

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