This week we took a nice trip to Bois de Boulogne (Boulogne forest) and ended up at Parc de Bagatelle which is situated in the middle of it. “Bagatelle” means something amusing and insignificant and here’s why.
Created in 1775, the park and the small neoclassical castle (château de Bagatelle) were built only in 64 days, following a bet between Marie Antoinette and her brother in-law, the Count of Artois. She said that the new château could not be completed within 3 months. All plans were drawn in one night, François-Joseph Bélanger designed the park and Thomas Blaikie assured its realization in an Anglo-Chinese style, very fashionable at the time.
The Count won the bet.
Parc de Bagatelle is probably my favorite park of Parisian area. It’s quite hard to reach if you don’t have a car but it’s so worth it. Besides the mini castle this French landscape garden has a dozen of peacocks, various trees and flowers, little bridges, rocks, caves, ponds, artificial waterfalls, rosaries and the 19th century Chinese pagoda. It’s peaceful and endlessly beautiful.
Official website: Parc de Bagatelle
Address: Route de Sèvres-à-Neuilly, Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris
Opening hours: October to February: every day from 9.30am to 5pm. March: every day from 9.30am to 6.30pm. April to September: every day from 9.30am to 8pm.