0392 A Lovely Hidden Garden (Fra 017—new)

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It’s been a mixed day… bored by La Celle St Cloud… frustrated in Chatou, Bougival… worn out in Montesson… But now I discover a town that makes up for it all, Carriéres sur Seine.

 

It’s a rather gray town--  but not in a drab, ugly way, but rather in a intriguing, medieval way… Old stone houses… narrow winding alleys… It has that rich historical feel to it.

 

But for some reason, I can’t seem to be able to find the Mairie… I follow the sign down a narrow alley… wander around, make a loop back to where I started… I try again, no luck--  but I’m enjoying these mysteriously alleys, so I don’t mind…


The third time I veer off to the right instead and follow another alley up and down the hill, past a very unusual church that’s built right snuggled up to the houses…


And finally I find it, a very unpretentious, cozy little place with, of course a little plaza and fountain up front--  a completely different feel than the grandiose mairies that I’ve gotten used to…

 

There’s an alley that seems to lead to the back side of the mairie, so I go to check it out… And there I find a splendid garden with several pools, just hidden away there!

 

It’s not Versailles--  but since it’s a “discovery” that it seems no one else outside of this village knows about, it feels like it is…

 

From there I head down the slope to the banks of the Seine, where folks jog, stroll and fish along the river.

  From this angle, CarriĂ©res looks even more charming--  an ancient little town perched on a hilltop overlooking the river…

 

A very pleasant finishing touch on my 4th day of exploring the Paris suburbs…

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