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Albert Kahn Garden

Albert Kahn (1860-1940) was a banker and philanthropist who lived here. He got bankrupt in 1929 (Wall Street Crash), but had then already transformed the gardens around his house to a public park. It’s situated just outside Paris, at Boulogne-Billancourt. It’s amazing.
The park has different parts, the most spectacular may be the Japanese one - Kahn travelled to Japan with a photographer and brought home not only photos, but also Japanese gardeners and architects, plants, houses… If you visit the garden during the spring, the colours are even more spectacular.
Other parts of the park include a rose garden with a palm house…
… and some wilder areas.
Albert Kahn also sent photographers all over the world. At the entrance, there is today a museum and archives with some 72.000 colour photos and 183.000 meters of film, “The Archives of the Planet”.

I wish you a nice weekend!

(I'm off to Sweden again for about a week. I have pre-programmed some posts, including this one.)

21 comments:

Lo said...

Thank you for those gorgeous photos. I am particularly awed by the one of the tree straight up, but all of them are wonderful.

V Rakesh said...

Brilliant pictures, as always! Thanks very much for sharing!

Do have a wonderful trip!

Simony said...

Beautiful area! I would love a picnic on that grass. Then sometime to draw and relax. I want to go to Paris so bad!
Have a good trip Peter. Take care.

SusuPetal said...

Oh Peter, you showed me the paradise, thank you.

Have a nice time in Sweden.

joanny said...

Peter:

Beautiful place so glad he donated it as a park before he lost it all and now we get to enjoy the splendor of the place.

Have a wonderful week in Sweden another beautiful place on this planet.

Joanny

Shionge said...

What a beautiful garden Peter, I'll have to visit when I travel to France :D

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Peter ... HOW did I MISS this, it is wonderful , how beautiful.. thank you so much.

Hope you have a good trip whilst in Sweden , take care anne

Capy89 said...

I like the arrangement of plants, stones, bridge, water... Japanese and European style are both used in one garden!

Jeanie said...

This is lovely -- and what a place of peace and meditation! I hear it's sweltering hot in Paris today! Keep cool. We're on holiday here, starting tomorrow. Cheers from across the pond!

BLOGitse said...

Bonjour/hej Peter!
What a place again...
Enjoy your trip to Sweden!

BLOGitse

Starman said...

Bon voyage, mon ami.

cathyswatercolors said...

Hi Peter, love this, love gardens!
The collage format is especially wonderful with the gardens.
I really enjoy all of the photos, the close~up of the pine branch is especially great... oh and the green rocks? Enjoy your vacation.

Virginia said...
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claude said...

C'est tout simplement un jardin immense extraordinaire. magnifique !

Virginia said...

P,
We often talk about whether I should visit other cities/countries. But then you post these wonderful places I"ve not yet seen, so I think I will return to Paris, the city j'adore, till I"ve seen it all. Is that possible? :)

I wish you safe travels to Sweden.
V

puddinglane said...

Hi Peter, I love how you find these unique spots in Paris - I've marked this one in my "Must Visit" list. love the poppies.
Dianne xx

Cezar and Léia said...

This garden is very special, I love the bridge, those stones, cute critters and flowers!
Enjoy your trip!

hugs
Léia :)

40aventuras said...

What a beautiful post, the pictures are breathtaking, they have transported me...

Trotter said...

Don'tthink I've ever been to this one... It looks absolutely fantastic. Great job!!

Vagabonde said...

What a lovely garden Peter. Is it synchronicity? My current post is about the Japanese Garden in Long Beach, California, we visited about 2 weeks ago: http://avagabonde.blogspot.com/2010/07/tour-of-japanese-garden-in-long-beach.html.

Jeanie said...

Another spot to put on the "When I return" list! Lovely!