When I was visiting my friends in Versailles recently, they proposed an amazing visit to the spectacular gothic Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay. Located in the lush valley of Chevreuse, the sprawling abbey is awe inspiring. Started in 1118 it has had many incarnations, today it is a resort that makes for a magical Sunday outing.
In spite of the abbey being a ruin today, it is still very imposing.
I could have spent the entire day just in the soaring ruins of the abbey.
The poetic remains of the altar.
The beautiful and tranquil renaissance spring house.
The time worn sculpted columns. The abbey was once known for its miracle water.
There is also an impressive collection of Henry Moore sculptures in the garden juxtaposed against the gothic buildings. The abbey is well worth the visit or better yet a stay, to take it all in.