Lyons-la-Forêt and Château De Bois-Guilbert

Sunday 28 July 2019

Back in Normandy, in the 16th century village of Lyons-la-Forêt, listed as one of the most beautiful in the region.

Set in a forest, funnily enough, half an hour from Rouen, an hour from Paris, it is all timbered houses,

and a busy marketplace,

with locals and bikers enjoying the sunshine. I’m parked on a car park with a few other vans, the sounds of a lively pétanque match drifting over the hedge as I write this. It could not be more French.

Before settling here I visited the Château de Bois-Guilbert

and its Garden of Sculptures, largely figurative, created by Jean Marc de Pas, inheritor, sculptor and landscape designer. Seventy of his works mark a symbolic walk around the park surrounding the family castle dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. There are also works from other artists, including Christophe Charbonnel,

whose sculptures were all around Chartres.

The gardens were lovely and the sculptures numerous and high quality. I took over 180 photos! Here are a few to show the work and the grounds.

The gardens cover seven hectares.

Sculptures are aligned along avenues,

hidden beneath trees,

or touch on the edge of farmland.

It was busy with visitors, and deservedly so.

It was almost too much to take in at one visit. The canny visitors had brought picnics. Because the work changes, I would certainly visit again the next time I’m in the neighbourhood.

It’s a beautiful part of the world.

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