PART ONE: PARC DE SCEAUX.
Excerpt from my Paris Quarterly magazine, Spring 2022 edition.
This story features friends:
"It's early April 2021, and we are in the middle of another Covid lockdown in Paris. Restaurants, museums, and stores remain shuttered. People scurry to and from their destinations with tension and anxiety around their eyes - the only thing you can see with the mandatory masks.
But today is different. The sun is shining, the birds have returned to the city, and my girlfriends and I are restless. We are all in various jobs related to tourism, travel, and creative content, and an idea starts to brew in a shared chat on What's App: a day trip to Parc de Sceaux.
Located only 5 km southwest of Paris, Parc de Sceaux extends over the western flank of the Bièvre valley, at the confluence of the Aulnay and Châtenay streams. This valley relief inspired the famous landscape designer André Le Nôtre (who also designed the gardens of Chateau Versailles). Nôtre relied on a ridge, hillsides, and a naturally humid base, to create perspectives, terraces, basins, and canals.
The chateau, built in the 19th century, is also a museum since 1937. It houses precious collections evoking the history of the site and its successive owners. Engravings, drawings, paintings, sculptures, pottery, furniture, manuscripts, decorations, and many other treasures are displayed, some of which come from the Carnavalet museum in Paris.
But Parc de Sceux is also home to another precious collection that many don't know about: The largest cherry blossom orchard in the Paris, Ile de France region. There are two hidden orchards side by side, in the heart of the park. One is an expansive sea of white cherry blossom trees. And the next orchard over is nothing but fluffy pink flowers."
Are you daydreaming of chateaus in France? Click the link in my bio to see my latest tour of a newly renovated chateau in Burgundy!