Yesterday The Boy and I finally decided to visit something that has been on our list for a few months, Parc de Bagatelle. Simple and charming with its Anglo-Chinese influence of the 18th century, it’s hard to believe that the château and park were created in only 64 days! The name of the park is interesting, as bagatelle means something lacking in value, a trifle of a thing (if anyone has read Sophie’s World they might recognise the word from her philosopher teacher’s frequent saying, “It’s a mere bagatelle.”) I find this ironic because it is a beautiful park with just enough to see to keep you entertained!
The park is situated in the 16th arrondissement of Paris in Bois de Boulogne (Boulogne Woods) near Neuilly-sur-Seine, what we would call the ‘posh area.’ It is an award-winning botanical garden, famous for its roses and free-roaming peacocks. As we are in the middle of winter, you can imagine the rose garden was rather thread-bare and I hope to go again in better weather and show you all the pretty summer colours!
As I mentioned, the construction took just 2 months to complete – this goes back to a bet between Marie-Antoinette and the Count of Artois where the former apparently argued it would be impossible to start and finish building the park, with a palace, in under 3 months. Well, she was certainly proved wrong!
I just want to share a few photos with you all and hopefully some of you will get the chance to visit it yourselves 🙂