B. ViA Ekmont and Valmondois.
25 M. Railway in lV*-!1/* hr. (same fares). — Departure from the Gare
From Paris to (9^2 M.) Ermont, via Argenteuil, see p. 380. — On
the left is the line to Pontoise. — 10 M. Ermont-Halte. The forest
of Montmorency crowns the hills on the right. — IOV2 M. Gros-Noyer.
12 M. St. Len (3156 inhab.) formerly possessed a chateau and
park, belonging to Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland, and afterwards
occupied by the last Prince of Conde", who hanged himself there in
1830. The first street to the right of the station leads to the Church,
containing the tombs of Charles Bonaparte, father of Napoleon I.,
Louis Bonaparte, and two of the latter's sons. In the apse, the marble
Monument of King Louis, by Petitot (apply to the sacristan, Grande-
Rue 47). At the end of the Grande-Rue, to the right of the church,
is a Place, whence a street diverges on the left to the monument of
the Prince de Condi, a column surmounted by a cross and adorned
with two angels.
I21/2 M. Vaucelles. — 13 M. Taverny (2743 inhab.), to the left, at
the foot and on the slope of a hill adjoining -the forest of Montmo¬
rency and commanding a fine view. The Church, halfway up the hill,
dates from the 13th and 15th cent, and is one of the handsomest in
the environs of Paris. Above the S. portal is a fine rose-window in
the Flamboyant style. The interior contains a handsome stone altar
in the Renaissance style and wood-carvings of the same period
(by the S. door), representing the martyrdom of St. Bartholomew. —
I4V2 M- Bessancourt with a church of the 13th and 15th centuries. —
15 M. Fripillon. — 15V2 M. Sognolles. — 16 M. Miry-sur-Oise. The
village (pop. 1849) is i/2 M. from the station. The church of St. Denis
is of the 15th cent.; the chateau has belonged to the Lamoignon
family since 1798. Superb view of the valley. — 17^2 M. Miriel,
on the left bank of the Oise.
The ruined Abbaye du Val, 1 M. to the E., presents various features of
interest to archaeologists and others. It is reached by following the road
beyond the village, and then turning to the left. The abbey now contains
a manufactory, to the proprietor of which application for permission to
enter must be made. The chief remains consist of an edifice of the 12th
cent., with two stories, containing the refectory and chapter-house on the
groundfioor and the dormitory above. At one side is an octagonal turret,
in front of which is one of the walks of the old cloisters.
The railway crosses the Oise and joins the line to Pontoise.
19 M. Valmondois, the junction of the Pontoise line (p. 383) and
of a branch-line to Marines and Nesles.
20V2 M. L'Isle-Adam (Ecu de France, near the bridge), a pleas¬
ant little town of 3639 inhab. on the left bank of the Oise, which
here forms two islands, and at the foot of the slopes covered by the
forest of L'Isle-Adam. Its origin dates from a castle built in 1069
on the larger of the two islands and destroyed during the Revolution.
The celebrated Villiers de l'lsle-Adam, grandmaster of the order of
St. John of Jerusalem (d. 1534), was a scion of the family that held
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