Kobayashi-En Japanese Garden (Aix-les-Bains)

Kobayashi-en is a small Japanese garden located inside the Parc du Casino in Aix-les-Bains. It was designed in 1998 by Seiji Imanaka and Sadao Yasumoro.

Above, entrance of Parc du Casino, coming from the train station.

Above, the garden.

Above, toro lantern.

Above, the pebbles represent the Lac du Bourget nearby.

Above, some snow.

Above, in the Spring.


Grande Mosquée de Paris

The Grande Mosquée de Paris (Great Mosque of Paris) is located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris and is one of the largest mosques in France. It was built in the Moorish Revival architecture style and inaugurated in 1926.

Above, 33m-high minaret.

Above, main entrance.

Above, garden of the mosque.

Above, prayer room.

Above, mosque library.

Above, in the garden.

Above, Mémorial du soldat musulman (Memorial to Muslim soldiers).

Above, north-African restaurant inside the mosque.

Parc de Sceaux

The Parc de Sceaux is a large park located south of Paris. It used to belong to Jean-Baptiste Colbert, who served as Minister of Finances of France under King Louis XIV. The park has a castle (Château de Sceaux), built in the 19th century, and an expansive garden designed by André Le Nôtre.

Above, Grand Canal.

Above, castle.

Above, main entrance.

Above, Pavillon de l’Aurore.

Above, Cascades. Unfortunately, the fountains were not working while I visited: They start only at 11am, which I didn’t know….

Above, Octogone.

Above, runners along the Grand Canal.

Parc de Saint-Cloud

The Parc de Saint-Cloud is a large park near Paris. It is located on the site of the Château de Saint-Cloud, a residence of royal and imperial families since the 16th century and destroyed in the 19th century. It has both a French and English-style garden, as well as a rose garden.

Above, Grand Fontaine. Unfortunately, it was not running when I visited.

Above, Bassin des Carpes.

Above, Bassin du Fer à Cheval.

Above, map of the park.

Above, French formal garden.

Above, path in the forest.

Above, Bassin des Chiens.

Above, stairs to a viewpoint and an English-style garden.

Above, Seine.

Above, rose garden.

Above, périphérique.