If you follow me on instagram you know I’ve done nothing in the past few weeks but post photos of our first vacation in Europe. After months of planning and working so hard on my film, two weeks in Europe sounded ideal. We visited Paris for a week ( post to follow ) but it wasn’t until we arrived at Chateau d’Esclimont ( just an hour outside of the city ) that Robinson and I entered level of relaxation we were looking for or what I’ve been calling “The Beauty and the Beast” vacation zone.
Magical is the only word I can find in my heart ( that’s how much I’m obsessed with this place ) to describe this fabulous hotel. We were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary, besides it being our first time in France so we did our homework when looking for where to stay and make sure we maintained a romantic theme throughout. Also we wanted to get a break from airbnbs. But to be quite honest, this beautiful castle exceeded any expectations.
It was low season and staff was kind enough to offer us a room upgrade. Probably one of the biggest and most beautiful hotel rooms I’ve stayed in. Popped a bottle of champagne and went for a walk/picnic. Sitting on the grass, we read about the chateau’s history and its previous owners. Robinson was excited to know they had a dungeon and I was too ( once he told me what a dungeon was).
Dinner was incredible. Hands down the best meal I ate while we were in France. The best bread too. They brought the lamb to our table and cut it steamy and juicy right in front of us.
The furniture, the silverware! I mean, everything in this place was a thousand years old, so beautiful and had so much history I couldn’t help but wonder who had been there before, how they dressed, what they looked and sounded like.
I can’t even remember the last time I was on a bike but I was not going to miss the opportunity to go on a ride overlooking this scenery. I got up earlier than the guy pictured above to go on a quiet early morning run and that’s when I snapped the picture below. The scenery was just breathtaking.
And yes, they had row boats. And yes, we went for a ride for the second time. The first was in Versailles. We had never gone row boating before this trip but apparently it’s a chateau thing to do.
If I had to change one thing about our stay here would be: stay longer! But I guess that’s an excuse to go back. Or maybe go in the summer when the pool is open, although I love the autumn colors. For now we’ll just dream of being going back.