Archive for June 8th, 2012

June 8, 2012

The gardens of the ile de France………

I know many , millions, come to France to see its wonderful gardens, from the time of Le Notre and beyond, the gardens had pull a powerful magnet for visitors. As usual, we tend to focus in Paris bien sûr mais il faut réve et chercher autres endroits quasi belles or méme plus beaux que dans Paris. Just a bit more sites as beautiful or even more so than Paris.

I  try to tell you some of my favorites over the years in this special post. First, some sites that tell you about gardens in the Ile de France :

and get together from the ministry of culture of France,

And now my favorites in the ile de France , my current region ,even if will move in mid july 2012.

Seine et Marne ,dept 77; Jardin du Domaine National de Champs-sur-Marne, French and English style gardens with a castle of course!

Jardin Médiéval de la Commanderie des Templiers, at Couloummiers, medieval gardens and the Templars story,

Domaine National du chateau de Fontainebleu, of course at famous Fontainbleau,

La Fontaine aux Pigeons on medieval, La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, English gardens of 6 hectares,

Jardin de Vaux-le-Vicomte, of course the other beautiful castle of the Paris region, French style gardens,

One near to me as my wife was born here, and we first talk dated walking this garden, Jardin Bossuet, in Meaux (as in brie cheese) ;French garden next to Cathedral,where the Bossuet rose was created, see it better in French,

La Roseraie, see the rose of Provins, gorgeous

Moving to the Yvelines, dept 78, where have my house. Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay, private gardens in an abbey see on weekend or with appointment in weekdays,

Jardins du Chateau de Breteuil, French gardens,

Musée Promenade de Marly-le-Roi, where kings used to walk, wonderful, many of the statues now at the Louvre.

Musée National de Port-Royal des Champs,historical gardens ,protected, see it,

Domaine National de Rambouillet-Bergerie nationale, English gardens and regular,historical, and animals,

Arboretum de Chévreloup, English gardens and trees, plants, near Versailles,

Domaine National de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, by the castle, gardens 18C, traces of renaissance, , Jardin du Musée Experimental Maurice Denis, in town, garden of the artist,

Chateau et Parc de Vaux-sur-Seine, landscape garden from the 19C,

Versailles, of course, my town, the one and only in the world, French and English style gardens, and veggie and fruit potager du roi lol!–  and

The Essonne dept 91, we have Conservatoire National des Plantes Médicinales, at nice Milly-la-Fôret,

Potager Fleuri du Domaine de Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, flower veggy plots from the 17C! and castle,

We move now to Hauts-de-Seine, dept 92 ,just near Paris, Musée et Jardins Albert Kahn, parc and scenes with oriental motifs,

Parc de Boulogne, Edmond de Rothschild, landscape garden and japonese dating from 19C,

Parc de la Maison de Chateaubriand et Arboretum, La Vallée aux Loups, romantic gardens,

Parc des impressionists, modern with rosaries, ,and on same town of Rueil-Malmaison, the castle of the lady of Napoleon, Josephine. Parc du Chateau de Malmaison, nice gardens,

Domaine de Saint-Cloud, landscape huge nice, many events here like rock on the seine, and near there ,also, the Jardin Stern, design by JCN Forestier, to allow her handicapped daughter to walk inwheelchair in the gardens from back in 1927, nice,

Domaine de Sceaux, parc et musée d’ile de France, a museum of the region, and garden design by the great Le Notre. Wonderfully nice and big,

We end at dept Val d’Oise or no 95 where the airport of Paris CDG is (not Paris), Parc et Jardins de l’Abbaye Royale de Royaumont,

Jardin de l’Atelier de Daubigny, , also same town, Jardins duMusée de l’Absinthé, , continue in the area of Van Gogh with the jardins du Chateau d’Auvers,

Maison du Docteur Gachet, garden from 19C,

Domaine de Villarceaux, a gem, go there for shopping farm goodies too, and a gourmet event everyyear,

Parc du Chateau D’Ecouen, also a museum of the renaissance,

Chateau de Stors, English style terrace gardens, town of L’isle-Adam,

Chateau de la Roche-Guyon, fruits gardens and views of the Seine, nice tunnel withhistory of wwII,

Parc et Chateau de Méry-sur-Oise, with great water fountain, lakes,

Jardin du Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau,

Parc de l’Abbaye de Maubuisson, old abbatial park, nice,

There is a long list indeed, but all very nice, and some spectacular, you will have a good guide toget you started while in the Ile de France region,where Versailles and Paris for example are. Cheers



June 8, 2012

Chateau Thierry and Champagne;;;;;

I took a ride over to Chateau Thierry with collegues from work, part of a meeting, we did had time to see a wonderful champagne house that  I like to share with my readers.

This is their tourist page

A bit of history, the area is known since  the 5C with the Gaulles then Thierry IV at the 8C, then Counts of Blois and Champagne to arrive at our times.  Jean de la Fontaine the great story teller was born here in  1621.  Here you are in the river Marne country, beautiful and close to where my wife was born.

It takes a turn from the department of the Marne 51 and Seine et Marne 77 to be in the deparment 02 of the Aisne  in the region of Picardie. The town takes the name from the merovigian king Thierry IV who had a castle here so Chateau Thierry is the name of the town today.

Château-Thierry  was of the key points of battles in WWI specially in 1918 between the American forces and the Germans around the bornes of Vauthier, that marked with stones the lines of the battles in WWI.  It again serves for battles in WWII  specially around 1940. The bridge of  Château-Thierry was defended by the men of the Aspirant de Rougé;and the new bridge bears his name. Charles-Armand de Rougé (« vicomte de Rougé»), fell in combat here on June 10, 1940.

I started my journey from Vannes on TGV train passing by Le Mans, and onwards to Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy(Disneyland), there we rented an Avis car to take on the A4 autoroute to Chateau Thierry.  The return was in reverse only this time we passed by Rennes onwards to Vannes.

Overnight we stayed in the wonderful Best Western Ile de France, second time I stayed here and both times very nice place to be. Webpage at with beautiful views over the Champagne vineyards. Fully loaded even with a Spa service.

The highlight of the stayed was a visit to Champagne Pannier, fully explained just for us, after 18H with dinner underneath the cellars amongst the old bottles. We try the whole palate from extra brut to demi sec. A wonderful place, great welcome, nice friendly chat and tour, and delicious Champagne ,to say the same of the great food. The place can welcome visitors in French,English,and German languages and the facilities are magnificent. A recommended place to visit. Webpage

In all a very nice stayed ,visit, and tastings, one to be remember and come back with the family. Hope you found a new place to visit in France too. Cheers

%d bloggers like this: