Saturday the 27th of July 2013, sun and heat were overwhelming us in our flat. We decided to drive to a park in Paris area. But which one??? There's so many!
Then, my husband Jonathan opened a guide book his brother has offered us last Christmas, and "stumbled" on the page "Castle and park of Champs-sur-Marne". When I looked on the web site Monuments Nationaux, we saw that it had re-opened just a month ago after six years of works and renovations!
After we parked the car on the parking near the entrance of the castle, we could admire the beautiful gate.
A flyer later, I had learned that the park was 28 hectares! Enough to make a LONG walk. With the children, we didn't visit the inside of the castle. Sadly for us, it seems that the renovation is quite successful (sniff...).
|Castle on the court side. The access to the garden are either on the right or the left of the castle.|
The light was bright, Gabriel couldn't look at me without hiding his face.
|Decoration of the wall of adjunct buildings.|
It's now a part of the research laboratories of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.
|Façade on the court side.|
|Details of the façade on the garden side.|
Between 1703 and 1707, the architecte Jean-Baptiste Bullet de Chamblain realized this neo-classical country house for a financier. Several owners have succeeded until the State received it as a gift in 1935 (the historic furnitures have been sold at the same time to the French governement). From 1939 to 1974, it was used as a reception place for foreign Heads of State. Later, it has been opened to the public's pleasure. After six years of intense works, it has been re-opened at the end of June 2013.
The park mix french gardens, woods hiding antic statues and big prairie. Judge for yourself:
|View from the terrace. The "embroideries" in boxwood mark|
the start of the "Grande Perpsective" of 865 meters long.
|One of the two parterres, with the duplicate of an antic "Apollo of the Gazebo".|
|Secret entrance/exit? Gabriel was sure of it!|
|Gabou and his dad.|
|The Orangery with the horticultural garden, and|
on the righ a little farther, the vegetable garden.
|I'm zero in botanic, I really don't know which kind of tree it is.|
I just found them fascinating.
|The big pond.|
|End of the great perspective and statue in stone "The horses of Apollo" (9m tall).|
When you stand next to it, you feel really tiny.
|The great perspective from the pond, facing the castle.|
|A walk in the undergrowth.|
We will try to go back for another walk in this vast park. During Fall, the golden leaves must give to the landscape a very different aspect. I will have to do also the castle visit, since it has been restored!
Do not hesitate to discover this flagship of the 18th century architecture!
I shared this post on the July 2015 link-up All About France, on the Lou Messougo's blog.