Parc Balbi, Versailles!!!

And glad to update/revise this post from 2019 for you. This is my beloved dear Versailles and a nice park often on the off the beaten path trail as most folks go to the Palace. However, as I have said many times, Versailles is a lot more than the palace. The Parc Balbi has a nice history and wonderful family park. Let me tell you a bit on it ok, and hope you enjoy it as I.

In my beloved Versailles; there is so much to see here, pity folks only come for the castle,nice as it is itself, get out into the town and see wonderful sights. Versailles is my former home for those new to my blog.  I like to tell you a bit about a nice park which again been there with the family on picnics and just hanging around and so little personal pictures, found one of the front panel going into the park lol! sorry me terrible photo men especially in my own town; looking forward to be back as soon as possible.

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Parc Balbi is an English-style park, located next to the Potager du Roi or King’s Garden in the Saint Louis district of Versailles, dept 78 Yvelines of the ïle de France region. It is part of the historical heritage of the city and very often overlook by visitors, but a wonderful park to visit as well.  You will go to very narrow old streets of old Versailles, the park itselt is 2,6 hectares ( 6.4 acres) and you access it by 12 rue  du Maréchal Joffre. One of my family’s favorite is the Parc Balbi, and as usual when living there not enough pictures lol! 

In 1785 the Count of Provence (brother of king Louis XVI , and future king Louis XVIII) and the Countess of Balbi (Anne de Caumont -La Force) buys the land here; to use as enjoyment for the Countess Balbi. The garden is done in 1786 by gardener/architect Jean-François-Thérèse Chalgrin. In 1791 in the French revolution they had to leave, and in 1792 the plants and vegetables, trees of it are taken and transfer to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. (always the same) The new garden had a winding stream, islands, and a belvedere atop an artificial grotto, in the picturesque style of the time. In 1798, the pavillon and garden features were demolished, but traces of the alleys and the lake are still visible, the park is still free.

After the French revolution, many owners passed by the park until finally in 1828 it is sold to the State.  In 1907 the school Jules Ferry is located here and a door had access to the Potager du roi. In 1914 the park is given to the horticulture school., and with the coming of WWI the park is left abandoned, until 1930 again it is renovated.  During WWII the park is again abandoned until 1960 a new plan of renovation takes effect.  Finally in 1982 the park is open to the public all done. It has a cave original from its creation in 1786 deep in the forest of the park, to reach it from the Potager du roi only. Very nice area.  It is open during the school holidays in the area, and normally Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 9h to 17h, sometimes later in summer.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The tourist office of Versailles on the Parc Balbi: https://www.versailles-tourisme.com/parc-balbi.html

A bit more in French from the Yvelines dept 78 tourist board on Parc Balbi: http://www.sortir-yvelines.fr/Art-et-culture/Art-et-culture-dans-les-Yvelines/parc-jardin-yvelines/parc-balbi-versailles

Hope you enjoy , it is in a nice area next to the Potager du Roi and by the Cathedral Saint Louis area. Enjoy it with the family on your walks on the marvelous streets of Versailles.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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