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Monthly Archives: June, 2010

Rainbows and daisies

At one of the side entrances to l’Eglise Saint Germain des Prés in the 6th arrondissement are four little box-edged flower beds. This summer, one of them is thickly planted … Continue reading

June 28, 2010 · Leave a comment

Ecole des Beaux-Arts

The Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts was established in the seventeenth century and, in its heyday, was an enormously influential school for architects, painters and sculptors throughout the world. Its … Continue reading

June 27, 2010 · 2 Comments

Tennis à l’anglaise

With Wimbledon in full swing, I am reminded that there is a solitary grass tennis court in Paris. It is located, perhaps not surprisingly, in the gardens of the British … Continue reading

June 24, 2010 · Leave a comment

Round, like a Circle in a Spiral

Is it an earthwork, a seascape, an icon of landscape design, a pilgrimage destination, perhaps even a joke at the art world’s expense? In a recent article for the Historic … Continue reading

June 23, 2010 · 1 Comment

The world’s first rose garden?

La Roseraie de l’Haÿ is a glorious summer garden, just a few kilometres south of Paris. Dedicated to the queen of flowers, it is the oldest rosarium in France and … Continue reading

June 21, 2010 · 7 Comments

Père Lachaise: where the French ‘made the grave a garden’

Today, the cemetery in the 20th arrondissement of Paris is best known as the final resting place for such luminaries as Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison. But it … Continue reading

June 15, 2010 · 5 Comments

Promenade Pereire

Created in 1989, this linear park runs along the middle of boulevard Pereire in the 17th arrondissement. It may not be on a par with the great parks of Paris, … Continue reading

June 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

Gardening without gardens

Almost all Parisians live in apartments. A lucky few have a terrace or balcony where they can grow plants. Most of us have to make do with house plants and … Continue reading

June 13, 2010 · Leave a comment

Villa Madama

We were recently fortunate to visit the glorious sixteenth century Villa Madama, just north of Rome. Designed by Raphael, it was one of the finest Renaissance villas with its classically … Continue reading

June 10, 2010 · 9 Comments

Parc Monceau

Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissement of Paris is our local park, a five minute walk from our apartment. Our daughter’s school is based in one of the access roads, … Continue reading

June 6, 2010 · 8 Comments

Roses and Rodin

Someone asked me the other day about “secret” places in Paris, where it would be fun to take visitors. One of my suggestions was the garden of the Hôtel Biron … Continue reading

June 6, 2010 · 2 Comments

Jardins, Jardin aux Tuileries

This weekend is the annual garden festival, Jardins, Jardin aux Tuileries, which takes place in a corner of Le Nôtre’s magnificent park in the middle of Paris. It is tiny … Continue reading

June 5, 2010 · Leave a comment

Book review: Spatial Recall

Marc Treib is one of my favourite writers about landscapes. He is thought-provoking, prolific and easy-to-read, perhaps the three qualities to which I most aspire. So it was with pleasure … Continue reading

June 3, 2010 · Leave a comment

In the US Ambassador’s garden…

To mark Memorial Day, we spent this morning in the garden of the US Ambassador’s Residence in Paris. There were performances by two platoons of the US Marines: the Drum … Continue reading

June 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

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