Monday, 4 August 2014

Medieval Garden

I've been to the medieval gardens in the centre of town this week. I went on my own because nobody else wanted to come, which I was secretly pleased about. It meant I could take my time wandering around without any 'how much longer' questions. I spent a good hour meandering around and apart from the last 10 minutes when a couple came in I had the whole gardens to myself. Bliss.

The gardens are smack bang in the middle of town and this is the cobbled pathway that leads you into them.
 One of the first things you see when you walk through the archway is this beautiful mosaic.
I particularly liked the tile with the farmer on.

I couldn't go through this door but there were plenty of others that were open.
The garden was packed with plants, shrubs, flowers and herbs
To help with the translation I was given a book, but to be honest although I like looking around gardens, I don't know the names of many plants and flowers so it wasn't much help really.
Although I did recognise this one.
I soon put the book away and decided to concentrate on the visual splendour of it all. 

This gives you an idea of how central the garden is. It's completely surrounded by townhouses.
I love this plant
Here's it's official name but it's more commonly known (maybe to some), as bitter apple, bitter cucumber, desert gourd or vine of Sodom. 
You can climb up this tower
Via this tiny, narrow, windy staircase. Too many steps for me I'm afraid so no photo from the top. 100 in total.

There wasn't much colour, but the different greens of the trees, plants and shrubs was amazing
Here's a little corner where you can stop to soak up the sunshine and just be. Considering the gardens are in the centre of the town I couldn't hear a thing apart from the birds and the church bells ringing.
There were lots of different sculptures dotted around the garden.
This little pathway leads you from one secret garden to another. The two doorways led into what were jail cells and now house art exhibitions.
 Inside the 'second' hidden garden where you can see the Bermonde Tower which was built in the 11th century. The Duke of Uzes actually lives in Paris but returns to the town once a month and when he's in residence the flag is flown.

 There were several rooms in this part of the garden, formerly wheat stores and cells that are now used to display the work of local artists. 
 Ever heard of the saying 'they're so ugly, they're beautiful'? It definitely applies here.
Another open door for me to go through
This led into a long room where the walls were covered in symbols numbers and words engraved into the stone work
Which then led into this wonderful room and another art display
 I just love these pink flamingos

Back out in the garden again and making my way back to the entrance.

A splash of colour amongst all the 'vert'.

Past this little window wondering who used to look out of it

Into the courtyard where I started

Then a quick back track for one more look at these walls which fascinated me.

At the end of my visit I was given a small glass of liquorice and lemongrass cordial. It was lovely and cool, the perfect refreshment at the end of a good hour wandering around a sunny garden.

Then it was off the the Place aux Herbes to meet the family by the fountain.

A perfect little bit of 'me' time.

xx



2 comments:

  1. it looks wonderful, a perfect place for a quiet wander on your own, and the drink sounds delicious too x

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  2. Had no idea you were back in blogland. How did I miss that?????? Have been catching up on all your posts and it sounds like life for everyone at Number 38 is very good. Love that medieval garden and yes, a quiet wander on your tod is just what's needed sometimes. Hope the rest of your holiday was as enjoyable.

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