As you must probably have realised now if you’ve been following this blog for some time, besides architecture, I also love taking pictures of plants, insects, and whatever I can find when I go hiking in the woods near Paris.
I must confess that it’s one of the things you have to give to Paris that whenever you get tired of living in a city, you just have to hop into a RER and go to the suburbs to find some vast woods where you can just forget about the hell of living in one of the two biggest cities in Europe and relax, inhaling the fresh air of the woods that reminds me of the countryside where I’ve grown up.
Saint-Germain-en-Laye is one of the destinations I like to reach when such a need of nature occurs. It only takes 20 minutes to go there from La Défense, which is the CBD of Paris, and it has one of the most beautiful views you can find on La Défense and the Mont Valérien.
Plus, the city hosts one magnificent castle that is truly worth a visit, even more when you know that it is the birthplace of Louis XIV, the famous king who ordered the constructions of the Chateau de Versailles.
Definitely a place to visit if you ever have the chance to live in Paris, and can’t resist the call of Mother Nature.
The same butterfly’s profile
A mushroom hidden between dead leaves
Some painted log
A human-shaped stump
A white butterfly
A path in the woods