Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Champs sur Marne, France

This was sent home by my sister in 1964 when she was on her first French exchange holiday arranged through the school. 

Champs sur Marne was a small village dating from the 7th century.  By 1962, when its name was changed officially from Champs (meaning field) to Champs sur Marne, it had grown only to about 3,700.  Now its population is 26,000+ because it is only 20 km (12.4 miles) from Paris.

The Château on the card was built between 1703 and 1707.  The Marquise de Pompadour rented it for a time.  Other famous guest have been Diderot, Voltaire, Chateaubriand and Marcel Proust.  It has often been used as a film set, for example in Dangerous Liaisons (1987) and Marie-Antoinette (2005). 

Champs sur Marne's other main claim to fame is that it is very close to Disneyland Paris.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like a lovely place to visit away from the hustle and bustle of Paris!


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