Whenever RER B will run again, on a sunny day, I suggest you to go to “Parc de Sceaux”, in a wealthy suburb half an hour from Paris centre.
It’s a beautiful garden “à la française” designed in Louis the XIV time by André le Nôtre.
On each side of this perfectly well ordered perspective open alleys leading to more natural wooden areas. It’s a very good place to take a walk, or to go jogging.
At the main entry, the castle has been rebuilt in early XIX century, on the ruins of the previous one, which was formerly owned by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Louis the XIV well known minister, so that in XVII century, the small town of Sceaux became a fashionable resort.
Each summer, operas and concerts are played in the garden. Nowadays, you can visit two interesting free exhibitions.
One inside exhibition is shown in the former stables which have been recently renovated.
In a very appropriate setting, it shows a private collection of XVII and XVIII century French paintings, among which Phillipe de Champaigne or Jean Baptiste Greuze and works of today less well known masters. It draws you back to the garden and castle’s magnificent times.
The poster shows a french kiss between Adonis and Venus painted in XVIII century by Jean-François de Troy.
In the nearby shop, you’ll find a free small but very well made catalogue with good pictures.
Last but not least, I had a delicious lunch at the newly opened restaurant, also located in the renovated stables. Downstairs you can have tea or a quick snack, and when spring will come, it will be lovely to sit outdoors.
Restaurant les écuries de Colbert, 8 avenue Claude Perrault 9230 Sceaux, tel 33(0)1 46 15 63 09
Exhibition ” Parcours d’un Collectionneur” everyday up to January 21 at the garden’s opening hours.
Garden opened from 8 am up to sunset (17.30 and shortly 17). RER B , stations Sceaux, Parc de Sceaux.
All informations on http://parc.de.sceaux.free.fr/