Sunday, July 12, 2009

French Peace Gardens

We keep returning to France; we can't help it. The little French towns on the German border are so quaint and the area is just beautiful. Last week we went to Bitche, France (yes, Bitche!), to visit the fortress (citadel) and the Peace Gardens. The citadel is an amazing sight from far away. Unfortunately, we forgot to take any pics of it as we approached it. It is so huge that you're just trying to take it all in the first time you see it.

The view from the top is awesome too; you can see the cute little town of Bitche and the surrounding French countryside is full of forests that stretch as far as the eye can see.

My fave part of Bitche (besides buying some cool stuff at the French grocery stores... that will be another post, I hope) was the Peace Gardens on the grounds right under the citadel hill.

The garden contained beautiful flowers, of course, but also different sections that were decorated according to a theme.

The lavender room- that colored glass on the top makes the tree look like it has purple leaves.
The painter's room- the floor is made of seashells here.This room had a banana tree, lily pads, and a floor made or blue bits of glass. It was like sea glass, and it was beautiful. It was my favorite part.

The garden wall with a church spire in the background.

We finished off the visit with a glace in the garden's cafe.
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Linda said...

What an awesome little town--the gardens are amazing. Keep sharing!

Sonya said...

I am really loving these photos..they are so beautiful. The town is so perfect looking and the garden is sooooo neat looking!