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Saint Cloud Park

The large Saint Cloud Park overlooks the Seine River. It’s situated slightly outskirts of Paris. The park used to surround a castle. During the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 the castle, occupied by the Prussians, was bombed by the French and severely damaged. It was demolished in 1891. That – royal - castle was built during the 17th century, replacing an older one.

The yews you see here show where the castle once stood.
A number of events took place here: A king – Henry III - was killed (in the previous castle). Marie-Antoinette was one of the famous occupants. This is where Napoleon was proclaimed emperor and he made it his favourite residence.

The surrounding park and forest – those days for hunting – still remain and are of easy access for the Parisians. Good for some sports, some picnicking… but there are also a few bars and restaurants around.
The view over Paris already makes the visit worthwhile.
I wish you a nice weekend!

14 comments:

Starman said...

Bon weekend !

Simony said...

This is the place where I would like to be today. Away from everything, just peace and quiet. It looks like a very large place and perfect for a lonely walk!
Beautiful, Peter!

V Rakesh said...

Wow! What amazingly gorgeous looking places! Thanks so much for these!

Do have a wonderful weekend!

hpy said...

Bon weekend à toi aussi.

claude said...

C'est malin ça ! Avoir bombardé ce bel édifice pour en déloger les Teutons. Enfin !
Cet un bel endroit, pour une prompenade et en plus on peut casser la croûte et boire une Carlsberg !

Trotter said...

So, you're back and enjoying the parks; that's qiuality of life... ;))

joanny said...

Peter

An interesting place, lots of human activity taking place over the centuries given the fact it was a forest and now park grounds.

Well used and much loved.

Have a wonderful week end -- it is very hot here in the North West.

Joanny

lyliane said...

Souvent une de mes promenades quand j'habitais Rueil.
Bon weekend à toi aussi, je pars en Hollande pour vivre la finale de la coupe du monde de foot,et Michel sera lundi à Grenade, si les espagnols gagnent ils fera la fête aussi.

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful view, love the first picture!
This park is really beautiful, a kind of paradise!
Hugs
and Happy weekend
Léia

ParisBreakfasts said...

It looks very idylic..
Is it very hot there too?
Perhaps there are nice breezes at St. Cloud..

Tiffaney said...

Hello! As I understand it, Saint-Cloud was given to Philippe I by his brother Louis XIV, and subsequently inherited by Philippe, Duc D'Orleans, Regent of France. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos, as I am currently researching the Regent's life and am fascinated by his former home. Have a wonderful weekend!

Virginia said...

Oh I"ve never heard of this lovely place Peter. Not surprising! :) Parts remind me of Luxembourg but that view of Paris.....oh my goodness. Wish I were there right this minute.
V

Vagabonde said...

I have not been to this park yet. There are so many places to visit when I am in Paris, it’s hard to see them all. Your post though is like being there. Thanks.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hello Peter , another place to add to my list to visit with my friends, thank you :-)