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On Friday I was finally feeling my oats again, so I decided to make my way out to the Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne. The last time I had visited was May 18, 2010. That year the cold weather had delayed the flowers; there were just a few irises and no roses at all. But this year it was near the peak for both irises and roses!  Full-size photos from both years are in my Parc de Bagatelle Photo Set.

My previous experience on the métro may have traumatized Sherard but I mostly shrugged it off, taking it as a caution to look out for disorganized situations in touristy areas or bad neighborhoods rather than a generalized fear. So I set out by métro for the posh suburb of Neuilly sur Seine (to which Zhizhong has recently moved). I had expected it to be quite buttoned down, but I admired this dramatic view of La Grande Arche de la Défense.

La Grande Arche de la Défense from Neuilly sur Seine

The mission of the day was flowers, however! Of course I had no cell phone, but I took a photo of Google maps before I left home so the half hour walk from the métro station to the park was uneventful. Here are some photos of the gorgeous rose gardens.

Def Def Bridgewater, Meilland

Palais Royale, Meilland

Elina, Dickson GB

And don’t forget the irises!

Bal Masque, 1973, Jean Cayeux

Sierra Nevada, 1973, Marion Walker

Blue Reflection, 1972, Schreiner

Tut’s Gold, 1979, Schreiner

After walking around the park and enjoying a beer it was still only about 6 pm. The Fondation Louis-Vuitton was nearby and is open until 9 pm on Fridays, so I strolled over, as you’ll see in the next post.