Yesterday, I wrote about the Musée Nissim de Camondo, located on the Parc Monceau in the 8th Arrondissement in Paris. After you’ve visited the house, don’t forget to stroll over to the park. Established by the Duc d’Orléans, the king’s cousin, in 1769, the park was designed in the English-style, with curving walkways and naturalistic planting. During Baron Haussman’s renovations, half of the park was sold for buildings lots, including the one that became the Camondo home. I like the architectural follies, like the Corinthian columns that curve around one end of the pond. I’m not the only fan of the park, Monet painted it several times and Chopin strolled here habitually. If you’ve seen the movie Ne le dit à personne (Tell No One), you’ll remember the park as the place set for a rendezvous between a couple who’d been separated for years.
The word monceau (mohnsew) means “heap” or “pile.” It’s such an inapt name for such a pretty park. The next time you’re in Paris, consider the Parc Monceau for a rendezvous of your own, even if it’s just between yourself, a good book, and a park bench.