Question: Where do you take a well-travelled 26-year old boy on a nice Tuesday morning considering that both of you have only few hours to spare?
Answer: Go walking around a Chateau. (It worked!)
Matthew, H’s best friend’s son, is a Mathematics Research student at nearby Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (“Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies”) and ever since he started his studies here six months ago, we haven’t had the chance to get together as we were always away. Now that we are here for a few days, we agreed to meet up for lunch and go for some Chateau walking.
“What do you need to research in Math for?”, I curiously asked H. Math is one of those subjects that did not interest me although I got through it with flying colours in lower school when I managed to memorize the multiplication table. When I reached University, Math has become a pain in my brain cells so I tried avoiding it but always without success. “I think he’s especializing in Algaebric Mathematics”, said H. Why do all these courses that they offer now in universities sound strange. I remember a daughter of H’s close friend who took up a degree, the name of which was causing me a headache. It has the word “Neuro-” and it sounds so complex that I could never get to memorize it. She finished the degree but her now successful career has nothing to do with it.
Back to Matthew, how lucky could we get to have set our rendezvous on a clear perfect day as it has been raining incessantly the previous days. At the Domaine de Chamarande, even if the grounds were a bit muddy, it was still delightful treading through the historic gardens (98 hectares in all) beautifully landscaped with its forest section, meadows, marshland, river, old footbridges while inhaling the sweetness of fresh air. There are also modern sculpture spread in various places as it also hosts open and closed door art exhibition all year round.
The staggering view of the chateau – at a distance or reflected in the water – will surely excite even the lethargic and the lazy to try walking in this exceptional environment. This is one of our favorite places to do a leisurely stroll on a Sunday afternoon and with exhibitions held inside the chateau, the experience becomes doubly enjoyable! Really glad that our Mathematician “nephew” liked it.
As always, I am always behind to do the shots!
This is the Glaciere .. or the ice building where, in the early days, winter snow was stored at low temperature to last till the summer days where it was used to prepare iced dessert or cold drinks. (1740)
A quick visit at the Chateau’s world war 1 exposition. The area of the Essone where the Domaine de Chamarande is located was an active military zone used for training soldiers and storing armaments and war equipment.
Design notebook of Soldier Lucien Duclair, Liason Officer, 1915
The grenade thrower, designed by Bernard Naudin
A soldier’s sewing kit
Domaine de Chamarande
38 rue due Commandant Arnoux, 91730, Chamarande, France