|Dad in Nantes, France, 2008|
|Viaduc de Millau|
Our final day in France we visited Chantilly--on the outskirts of Paris. We have driven by on several occasions and never taken the time to enter. This time we enjoyed the riches of art in the Musee Conde, which is reported to be the second museum of old art (before 1850) in France after the Louvre.
|Staircase ram's head|
The Chateau was built in the 16th century and sits on 20 thousand acres of meandering parkland and includes an 18th-century stable for almost 250 horses and many more hunting dogs.
|Hunting dogs statuary|
|View of the stables from the Chateau|
It was on our return drive to the airport before sunrise that we discovered our headlights were frighteningly bad. Traffic on the highway toward Charles de Gaulle was horrendous, so we took an alternate route on back roads where there were blessedly few cars but zero ambient light. We avoided any critters that could easily have been crossing the road in our path unseen and arrived at the car lease company relatively unscathed. After an uneventful flight, it was good to be home.
In the months since our arrival in October, we have already started planning for our next trip in September. Flights have been purchased, the car has been leased, and we have settled on two separate weeks' locations. The remainder of the plans will be on the fly and as the spirit takes us (and the weather is good). When the time comes, I'll post from France again. In the meantime, I'll try to be more communicative.