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We over scheduled this day, but the drive was beautiful. I’d give 2 days next time for Compiègne and the small towns around it. It’s a great area to get lost in.

FInds in the area – we drove past, but didn’t have enough time for formal visits: Château de Compiègne (loved by Napoleon, home to the Musée Nationale de la Voiture), Château de Pierrefonds. The ruins of the **Chateau de Fere-en-Tardenois are a must-see if you’re in the area, and I’d love to go back for a stay at the adjacent five-star hotel. It’s quite near the moving WWI American Cemetery. Finally, don’t miss a quick stop at **Longpont Abbey. It’s now a private ruin (weddings and the like), but it’s very pretty.

Our lunch at ***Les Ferlempins in Compiegne was very special. A trio of charming young men ran the kitchen and served. The food was very local, seasonal, and elegantly prepared. One of the better meals I’ve had, worth seeking out.

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