Paris Portrait Session: Emma at Parc de Bagatelle

July 9, 2019

Filed in: Portraiture

Spring in Paris is fleeting. One week the magnolias are out, and the next, you come back to find the petals, brown on the edges, sprinkled across the road. So when your friend says the first roses are out, and she says, “QUICKLY!,” you go! I had lots of fun running around Parc de Bagatelle with Emma on a cloudy June morning. She’s super sweet and humoured all of my ideas! We were in the same French class for a spell, and although she is returning home after summer’s end (to study French at university!), I hope she comes back to Paris!

The park itself is very lovely and known for the rose gardens. According to the city of Paris, it’s the product of a bet between Marie Antoinette and the Comte d’Artois. I have no idea who he is. But, the garden came together in just 64 days! The design is very structured and very 17th century French, complete with a small château.

Beyond the roses, you can stumbled on a small pond (with a waterfall), chickens (!), and peacocks (!!). The park is in Bois de Boulogne, so while it’s a bit of a hike to get to, the stroll is worth it!

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Paris & California strolls; plenty of flowers; stories; and looking for the beauty in the everyday. I hope you'll come along as I take the year to document the entirety of my home state!