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Tip 7 for the summer is the lush Parc Oriental de Maulévrier, 20 km from our place.


By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France (Le pont rouge (Parc oriental, Maulévrier)) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Parc Oriental de Maulévrier was created between 1899-1913 on the grounds of Château Colbert by noted Parisian architect Alexandre Marcel (1860-1928), designer of the Cambodia pavilion at the Exposition Universelle (1900). As a matter of fact, the park’s Khmer elements are reproduced from molds from the exhibition.


Waterlily. By Nataloche (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Covering 29 hectars this park is the largest Japanese garden in France. It contains about 300 plant species, with water features, a bridge, and a pagoda, as well as azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, and Japanese maples. There is also a permanent exhibition of bonsai and ceramics.


By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France (The lake, Parc oriental, Maulévrier) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

There is also a small nursery, a salon du thé, as well as a gift shop on the premises. (However, we’d rather recommend the restaurant Le Stoffiet, at the neighbouring Château Colbert if you want a grand meal in posh surroundings, or a coffee or other refreshment at some of the local bars in town.)


The Khmer temple by Alexandre Marcel. Photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra. [CC BY 2.0]

This is the perfect venue for a day out!