My regular readers would remember my post from earlier this year when I visited Villa Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild in the pouring rain. As promised I returned in full sunshine and, unsurprisingly, loved every second of roaming around the grounds and gardens.
Being so hot and sunny I decided to spent the time I had outside, taking in the beauty and sheer opulence of this amazing Villa and its surrounding gardens.
There are ornamental sculptures galore, but these here caught my eye.
There are 9 sections to the gardens. Sevres, spanish, french, florentine, stone, japanese, provencal, exotic and rose garden. Each has its own charm. It was beautiful to see how people used the gardens. Some would simply walk around, others would sit on steps and have something to eat. There were people having photo shoots. The Villa is often used for weddings so a lot of engagement and wedding photography goes on there.
Now, just imagine for a moment you are walking in your garden and when you look to the right, you see this view!!! Incredible, no?
A beautiful alcove with this fountain, tucked away amongst the gardens.
The exotic garden was one of my favourites. I LOVED these rose succulents.
It was nice taking off my Birkenstocks and standing in the water to take this photograph.
Look at these beautiful fish?
What fascinates me most is the out of this world vista and greenery surrounding the Villa and gardens.
Once again, I decided to leave the photography of the inside of the Villa for another day. It’s impossible to do it all in one go. Here’s just a taster of what you’ll find inside.
In the summer there’s a wonderful tearoom inside and outside and you’ll also find a book – and gift shop.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the difference between the Villa and gardens in January in the rain and in its full glory in July in full sunshine.
I’m still suffering from the shocking weather we’re experiencing here in London in July and my only consolation is to look at these photos and remind myself of what it felt like to have been there less than a week ago. I hope some of you are having better weather conditions. Have a great weekend.
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