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Parc de la Folie Saint James

Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Paris off the beaten path: Parc de la Folie Saint James

Once upon a time there was a french man. His name was Claude Baudard de Saint James and he was treasurer of the French Navy. One day he bought an estate close to the Bagatelle and commissioned a landscape architect (François Joseph Bélanger, the same who had created the Chateau de Bagatelle) to develop the project for a garden, something that had to be surprising, original and full of character.

Today not much of the ancient splendor is left and the garden and its buildings are a bit run down but the place still retains an intriguing charm especially considering its location, in this bourgeois area of the Ile de France surrounded by modern buildings and with view over the Defense skyscrapers.

We bumped into this little gem while walking from Levallois Perret (our home during our first 6 months in France) and Bois Boulogne, the biggest park in Paris.

And we decided to make a stop to enjoy a bit of calm and its eccentric beauty.