28 octobre 2009

Potager du Roi / King's Kitchen Garden, Versailles.

Potager du Roi In 1670, King Louis XIV appointed Jean-Baptiste La Quintinie (1624-1688) as the director of the royal fruit & vegetable garden. As per his request he constructed  a vegetable garden in a swampland popularly known as "l'Etang puant / Stinky Pond. The site was drained & filled with the rich soil from the Satory hills . The renowed architect, Mansart constructed the garden's terraces & walls. The garden is structured around a cental area called "Le Grand carré / Grand Square. The Grand square is again... [Lire la suite]
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30 septembre 2009

Maisons-Laffitte Castle, Yvelines, France

Maisons-Laffitte Castle This Castle is located in Maison-Laffitte town , western suburbs of Paris . Around 1636, René de Longueil  ( President of the Parliament of Paris) decided to build a castle in his family property at Maisons-Sur-Seine. This French Classical Style Castle was designed by the architect François Mansart & was inaugurated in 1651 in the presence of Anne d'Autriche & her son Louis XIV ( 12 yrs old).  Upto 1777,  this castle was in the hands of Longueil Family. Later it was bought by Charles... [Lire la suite]
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10 août 2009

Dwellers of Etang du Corra , Achères, Yvelines.

L'Etang du CorraL'étang du Corra, is a tranquil picnic area appreciated by young & old. The lake & the central island is a paradise for aquatic birds. Eurasian Coot/ La Foulque macroule - Fulica atra( Noire avec une crête blanche) Common Moorheu/ Poule-d'eau - Gallinula chloropus (Noire avec une crête rouge)They are commomly called "Black water hens".  Loons / Bernache du Canada - Branta canadensis Loons build their nests with aquatic vegetation near water. They have webbed toes which enables them to... [Lire la suite]
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29 juin 2009

L'air de provence à Achères (Yvelines)

Lavender Harvest at Achères Every year in June, SIAAP conducts lavender harvest & some outdoor activities for kids. Parisiens came in with their families to collect the lavender stalks. Rows of Lavender  were breathtakingly beautiful with  bumble bees  all around .Lavender is a mediterranean flower. Provence region of France is the world's largest producer of Lavender .The word "Lavender"  derived from the latin word "Lavare" which means to wash. Romans & Greeks used these flowers to scent their bath.... [Lire la suite]
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22 septembre 2008

Autumn is here..

Couleur  d'automneAutumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling downAutumn leaves are falling downWe love autumn !Now it's time to rake them up, rake them up, rake them up Now it's time to rake them upWe love autumn !Jump in them & roll around, roll around, roll aroundJump in them & roll aroundWe love autumn !
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16 juin 2008

Parc Meissonier - Poissy

Parc Meissonier This public park is situated in Poissy - Yvelines.It was a private property of Mr Ernest Meissonier.After his death, it was handed over to the municipality of Poissy.
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02 juin 2008

Auvers-sur-Oise, Vincent Van Gogh's town .

Chateau d'Auvers-sur-Oise Auvers-sur-Oise is a charming tranquil village situated in the Regional Park of French Vexin.This is one of the cradles of impressionists. Famous painter Vincent Van Gogh spent his last days in this pretty village.Other notable impressionists who were inspired by this site were Cézanne, Monet  & Daubigny.This Castle is famous for its magnificent French Garden & Iris flower beds. Every year in May, Iris fest (Fête de l'iris) is held here.
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20 mars 2008

It's Spring

C'est le printemps !!!
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30 juillet 2007

Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye is situated in the western suburbs of Paris. Louis XIV was born here.This Castle is surrounded by a park &  2.4 km terrace which was designed by André Le Nôtre.Today it's an archeological museum which houses prehistoric art & culture.
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11 juillet 2007

Roseraie-L'Haÿ-les-Roses

Rose garden of Val-de-Marne, L'Haÿ-les-Roses This  Rose Garden was created by Jules Gravereaux  in 1894.Later in 1899, the garden was designed by Edouard André. This garden is the living conservatory of more than 3200 species of roses. 
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