Playing In Paris’ Park Monceau

 

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Situated in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, the beautiful Parc Monceau dates back to the 17th Century. Once an English styled garden, later during the 18th century landscape architect Thomas Blaikie was hired to redesign the once private garden and created a more traditional French formal garden for the public. Parc Monceau contains many picturesque features including: a Roman colonnade, a miniature Egyptian pyramid, a Tartar tent, a Dutch windmill, a water lily pond, an enchanted grotto, a temple of Mars, and an Italian vineyard with numerous antique statues. For the kiddos, there is a playground and circus inspired merry-go-round.

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An interesting tidbit (for you and only because we recently visited the French Impressionist Claude Monet House), between 1876 and 1878, Monet created 5 paintings of the park, all of which are quite well-known among his fans.IMG_0796

Classically styled Roman Collonade were constructed in the late 17th Century.

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Our statuesque Lafayette dates back sometime in the 21st century. Hahahaha. Parc Monceau is one of a handful of parks which allow dogs giving Lafayette some romp time before visiting his veterinarian near by.IMG_0773One can see many flower gardens throughout the park making for a pleasantly fragrant and visually vibrant stroll.

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Parc Monceau is a charming park which has changed throughout the years from its original landscape. It is secluded and off the beaten path from many who visit Paris.

All Aboard The Gehry Ship!

To reflect a constantly changing world, we wanted to design a building that evolves depending on the time of day and the light, in order to create an impression of intangibility and continual transformation.

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Hello Again! Last weekend I visited the exceptionally constructed Foundation Louis Vuitton on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris where this hyper-ship exterior of modern exclusivity was magnificent! Can’t say I like the changes of color stain added to the glass sails and which is probably why I’ve edited my favorite photos into B&W. Oh Captain, I do hope that those additions are only temporary.

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Inside there are eleven galleries where you maze from one room to the next and then navigate through a zig-zag of 4 levels.  It was quite fun playing Skipper trying to maneuver through the stark yet beautiful minimalistic interior. How refreshing from the overly abundant artworks, paintings and sculptures housed at most other museums.

 Aye! Aye! Let us steer a look…

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We are looking forward to your visits!

Voyage de Fontainebleau

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The Main Courtyard.

“The true home of Kings” and “The house of ages” in the words of Napoleon.

Facade of the chateau

Facade of the château.

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Back side of the château.

View along Carpes Lake

View along Carp Lake.

The Chateau de Fontainebleau was inhabited more or less continuosly from the 12th century to the fall of Napoleon III in 1870. Today, its architecture, decor and opulent furnishings mean that visitors can still see how numerous French sovereigns have left their mark on the chateau. Inside there are works of art commissioned by many of the kings & queens along with their personal belongings and original furnishings in ornate designs.

The Chateau de Fontainebleau is one of very few royal residences in Europe to have been preserved in its entirety. The 11 euro entrance fee includes routes through; The Grands Apartments, The Renaissance and Throne rooms, Chapels and The Napoleon Museum.

Take a look at some of my favourite pictures from our tour this past weekend…

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The royal portrait gallery.

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Justin trying out his B&W photography in the “Plate Room.”

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Entrance leading to the Francais I Gallery.

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Audio guides costs 5 euros and were a great idea!

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Salon of Louis XIII

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It wouldn’t be a post without us!

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Inside the Empress Chamber.

One of the exterior doors.

One of the exterior doors.

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The canal behind you dates back from 1606 and the pathways covers approximately 321 acres. This unexplored area gives me the motivation for a return trip very soon!

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Walking through the “Jardin Anglais.”

Apparently this landscaped English-style garden wasn’t designed to Napoleon’s liking. Hmm, I wonder why? In this garden you’ll come across many different species of plants, rare trees, statues and an artificial river. Depending on your fondness for nature and your rhythmic stroll , expect to cover these areas in about an hour or so.

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Jardin Anglais (English Garden)

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Exploring the grounds of Grand Parterre.

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Overlooking Carp Lake and Cour Fontainebleau from the south.

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West view.

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Thanks for dropping! ‘Till next time…Jeni