Parc Monceau

By annesophie | March 22, 2011 | Filed under: Gardens

Although the Parc Monceau is not very large by Paris standards, it is one of the most charming parks in Paris, and only about a half hour’s walk from the Place de l’Opera. It is a park of shady walks, of leafy bowers, of ponds, of imitation natural springs, in fact, of everything that makes for complete informality. Even the famous “Naumachie,” a pond surrounded by a semi-circular colonnade of fluted Corinthian columns, partly broken, partly missing, is so overgrown with vines that it looks as though it had been standing there for ages. In contrast to the splendid formal gardens one sees in Paris, there is absolutely no order in the Parc Monceau: the trees are allowed to grow naturally-and by that l: don’t mean unattended -the walks curve around in the most unexpected manner, and all over the park the lawn areas seem to be littered with remnants of broken Roman columns, archways, parts of ancient ruins, forgotten statuary and what not. And yet, all this seeming naturalness is not the naturalness of neglect of which the indolent are so fond, but the studied arrangement of care and good taste.

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