Travel Diaries: Rambouillet


I fell hard….again!

I will be the first to admit that I fell hard and fast for Versailles. If you have ever been there then you would completely understand. Paris is lovely, for others, but Versailles. Well, that is a love affair that I fear will never die. Having said that, I must admit that I have found another love. (insert gasp here) Or if you’re a lady grab those smelling salts before you faint.


If you have ever seen Gilmore Girls, then you know all about Stars Hollow. You also know how charming and lovely they make that little town out to be.

That is how I see Rambouillet.

The first time I went there was with my entire family in December. (which makes it that much sweeter!) Despite the coldness and all the rain that we endured, it was, honestly, love at first sight.

“…I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

Bella Swan, Twilight By Stephenie Meyer

That’s right, I fell even harder for this small town than I had with Versailles. I know, how could I love one city so much but then share that love with another?

Well, the heart of a woman is complicated.

That’s my answer.

a city after my own heart!

On Saturdays, if you get up early enough, you will encounter one of the famous markets held all over France.

Rich roasted chicken fills the air, as does sweet-smelling hot chocolate and fragrant bread baking. People are walking past each booth looking at each display, pointing, tasting, and laughing. It is this bit of normalcy and culture that I long for. It is this bit of heaven that has brought me to France.

Rambouillet just sparks a flame of warmth within me. There is something magical about this place that just gives me a sense of, Je ne sais pas quoi !

With the gardens at the Chateau and the ponds, this place fill me with a sense of…home.

I even love that there are ducks and swans and angry geese walking around as though they own the place. I had to explain to my younger son, toddler who doesn’t sleep, that we should not feed the birds, mainly the geese. I remember as a young girl trying to feed my grandmother’s geese, and the things chased me! Jerks! I was just trying to give them food.

Now that I have mentioned some of the town’s charm, let me tell you about the shopping. I will admit you will not find the shops one may be accustomed to in Paris but here you will find an awesome selection. Mom and pop boutiques, a YARN STORE!!!!!! Not excited about that at all or anything.

Of course, you will find a few bakeries, chocolate stores, hat shops, wine shops, etc. Did I mention the mom-and-pop shops? They are so cute and so friendly. I find the people here are just delightful, friendly, and welcoming.

As I await to hear news about my new, semi permanent for at least a couple of years, home, I can not wait to step foot in this little town again!

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