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.

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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!

Let’s add some bones to the garden.

Mid last month we had some family visiting who requested we enjoy some garden tours. We’d visited the Monet House, Jardin du Luxembourg and on this particular day, the Jardin des Plantes. Of all the gardens we toured, we decided to top of the day by visiting some bones at the Paleontology Museum? Hence my title…”Let’s add some bones to the garden.”

IMG_5219Normally Paleontology doesn’t interest me but with Justin’s Uncle in tow who is astute and knowledgable in medical & science had me hooked, lined and educated. It turned out that I actually quite enjoyed this visit while mainly appreciating the venerable interior and vintage fixtures. One would see copious amounts of fossils, some oddities in jars of formaldehyde, century old typography and of course prehistoric to modern-day skeletal systems. IMG_5331

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Jardin des Plantes

For anyone planning a trip to Paris, this charming garden is worth visiting as it offers other areas that could peak your interests such as; the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and the Entomology Museum. In addition to the gardens there is also a small zoo, Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes.