Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Une grande entrée


The entrance to Parc Monceau is pretty snazzy for a semi-public park don't you think?  For all the formality of the gated entrances and the rotunda, it's actually considered more informal in the English style, with curved walkways and randomly placed statuary, unlike the more formal French gardens.

An interesting fact I learned is that the 9 entries are monitored by a 5th generation park watchman who lives above the royal rotunda on the north entrance. Now I'd like to meet  him one day!

I'm pleased to announce that Belle Inspiration Magazine has featured some of my Nöel à Paris photographs. Please have a look !

24 comments:

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Magnifique photo Virginia! Le parc Monceau est un ravissement, les grilles ressemblent beaucoup à la place Stanislas de Nancy.
Bonne semaine à toi.
cath.

Bill said...

What a grand entry way! Ornately beautiful.

ALAIN said...

Gardien de parc de père en fils...ils a surement des tas d'histoires à raconter.

Malyss said...

I'm sure this watchman has a lot of pictures to show and stories to tell! This picture could take part to our informal meme about "wednesday doorways".

Dianne said...

Snazzy is the word - these gates are so... opulent. they makes me think of Monet's series of paintings in this beautiful park.
Great pic!

M said...

Lucky man living and working in such a delightful place! Lovely photo, V.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh how I love the French.....when I was at Chenonceau, we saw a gardener with tiny little scissors clipping by hand, all the magnificent shrubbery. Amazing....Anita

Leif Hagen said...

What a coincidence - that grande entree is just like the one in front of the Chateau d'Hagen 'a Eagan! Who would have thunk?
Happy Thanksgiving, V de B!

Daryl said...

Here in NYC up at 100 St and Fifth Avenue is the entrance to the Central Park Conservatory whose gates look just like those!

arabesque said...

Hi VG, i've been reviewing your post and no, i don't think i'd ever get bored of Paris or your blog for that matter. ^0^
in fact i'm learning a lot.
btw, I emailed you a awhile back, dunno if you remember.
anyways,
just want to say Thanks! for replying and for the suggestions you gave me.
happy to say that :
"nous irons a Paris en Decembre!" ^0^

Belle Inspiration Magazine said...

Parc Monceau is such a lovely spot, you've captured this gate beautifully. Thank you again for being a part of Belle Inspiraiton Magazine.Looking forward to more next issue!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Mimi

Cezar and Léia said...

A place to visit!
The entrance is so elegant and your picture is excellent!
Bravo!
Léia

Nadege said...

I am so happy "Belle inspiration magazine" is featuring your photos. The editors know talent when they see it. Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow Virginia!

VP said...

The last three times we were in Paris we stayed nearby, and the small park was one of our favorite walk in the late afternoon. Compliments for you great Christmas pictures!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

What a great shot of that gate! I always seem to take shots straight on and forget how wonderful they can be from an angle, especially here capturing the building as well. And congratulations on the magazine feature! What a way to make the holidays even better!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Kirsten

this is Belgium said...

congratulations !on being featured in that magazine !! wow !! impressive ! I hope it will be on many many coffee tables this coming season.

I like the story of the guy living up there ...

Virginia said...

Starman, I sent a group email with the link to the online mag. to you and about 8 others. No one else had a problem with it. I"m puzzled.
V

La Petite Gallery said...

My dear Lady, this is some accomplishment. Beautiful
photography, I am all inspired.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving. yvonne

La Petite Gallery said...

My dear Lady, this is some accomplishment. Beautiful
photography, I am all inspired.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving. yvonne

Jack said...

It is an impressive gate, Virginia. I would like to have that watchman's job . . . and home. The magazine coverage is terrific. Especially the double-page ceiling. You keep taking pictures, some day you're going to be OK!

Harriet said...

I recognized this entrance before reading your description. You have taken a great photo! And congratulations on being featured in Belle Inspiration Magazine.

Alexa said...

I had a friend whose parents lived in a house (that's right, an entire house0 that faced this park—almost as good as the watchman's digs! Your photos in the mag are magnificent, V.
BTW, my WV is "redwit" (seems apropos for you and Paris rouge, n'est-ce pas?

Carla said...

Beautiful pics Virginia how could they not want to publish!!! Congratulations
Carla x

Peter said...

I already congratulated elsewhere, so... ! :-)

Do you know that the "rotunda" is one of the few remaining buildings where you had to pay taxes to bring marchandise into Paris? This was the the border of Paris - until 1860. Drinking was much cheaper just outside the border! :-)