It was cloudy and cool today and the views from the top deck of the train were not impressive, especially as the railway cleaning machines do not do a good job.
Rambouillet is very much a provincial town which has a bad parking problem, particularly on market days which is today.
The Musee du Train, is located in the centre of town in a large house. It is built around the collection of Jacques Visbecq who also owned the house. The musee celebrates its 30 year this year. There is a collection of models, mostly working, on the ground floor while the first floor houses a collection of toy trains and traces their history and development. The real prize is the O scale model railway on the second floor. The models are all hand made and the attention to detail in the scenery is amazing. It is built around a heavily reduced Gare de l'Est which bears a surprising resemblance to the original. For the most part we were the only visitors around and so it was possible to walk around and take video unhindered. http://youtu.be/ua-5yxAU_P4
|Paris Gare de l;Est|
|The pork loin was very thick indeed and well cooked|
The chateau is relatively small compared to other chateaux but the lakes are extensive. The only way to see the interior is by a guided tour. There was a group of mentally challenged also waiting so we were given our own private tour. The lady spoke a very clear french and was interested in her subject. The most impressive part was the decorative carvings on the large wooden panels. The sheer size and number and the exquisite attention to detail were amazing.
Our guide spoke expansively and also asked us about the price of parkas and the state of hockey in Canada. He walked with us to the Chaumiere, after introducing us to his small dog. The Chaumiere is a thatched roof small building with an interior decorated entirely with sea shells of various types (oyster, scallop, mussel, mother of pearl, and a few exotic ones). It is ostentatious in the extreme and was built to demonstrate how rich the monarchy was.
|Ox bones were set into the walls to facilitate climbing plants and drain water.|
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