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Monday, October 14, 2013

Sunday outing

Cool temperatures and clear skies called us outdoors for a drive in the country.  Direction - east. Not too far and not too much traffic. We followed the Marne river with its miles of parks and bike paths until we arrived in Champs-sur-Marne. (We were in the car, though, Patrice's knee is healing well but he's not yet ready for miles and miles of biking.)

We arrived at the Chateau du Champs-sur-Marne which was only recently reopened after several years of restoration. Built in the early 1700s, the chateau's former residents include Madame de Pompadour. It was given to the French government in 1935 and was used by President deGaulle to house important guests in the 1960s.

More than 80 movies have been filmed here, including Liaisons Dangereuses and Sofia Coppola's Marie-Antoinette.

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