Chateau de Vincennes

A 15-minute Metro ride from the center of the city will take you to the Bois de Vincennes – a forest filled with dog-walkers, joggers, prostitutes, totems, and stretches of wild that make you forget that the noise and dust of city life ever existed. There is also the Château de Vincennes and its dungeon. Its looming magnificence and dried moat call to mind other times when it housed kings, queens, hunting parties, porcelain production, prisoners of the state (including the Marquis de Sade), and finally soldiers and weapons (52,000 rifles, over 100 field guns, and many tons of powder, bullets, and cannonballs). Visiting Vincennes is like taking a trip to a small town in the country.

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