If you're going to move to a part of town.
Where every building has a plaque it was build in the 17th century.
Then you better be ready to dive into the deep end of French history, particularly architectural history of Louis XIV! So off I went last Saturday to see the soon ending exhibit of Andre Le Notre in Perspective at Versailles, just a 20 minute train ride if you leave from Gare MontParnasse.
Le Notre was the son of the former king's gardener.
But he was a great deal more than just a gardener.
He plotted jardin a la Francaise on a very grand scale.
Saturday was a lovely sunny day here by the way with few crowds at Versailles.
Le Notre was born right in the Tuileries gardens.
Does it get any more perfect than that?
The exhibit is huge and detailed.
Louis XIV on a charging horse of course.
I started to wonder if I should be painting PBers astride galloping horses..?
Quite an impressive man, Le Notre. He amassed a huge collection of art as well as studying 5 years with painter Simon Vouet.
They seem to have saved ever line he ever drew.
Witty topiary sketches. The man worked 7 days a week as we artists tend to do.
Enfin the gift shop! One does need a few 17th century items doesn't one?
Lovely garden mats for a mere 5 euros...
An irresistible plate only 11 euros...
We somehow resisted the Marie-Antoinette T-shirt but very mignon we thought...
And to-die-for cups but these were 29 euros...tres triste
The town of Versailles offers up plenty of other temptations
Gateaux M-A could have easily munched on...
A bombe aux marrons !!
And gorgeous macaron boxes that could double as décor non? Back in Paris scented candle-maker Diptych had topiary in their vitrines...to swoon for. I think I'm entering my 17th century period...