That evening we drove to the medieval walled town of Dinan and after delicious savoury pancakes and discovering a fantastic local pear cider, we wandered up and down the streets of the beautiful old town, discovering the Basilique St-Sauveur church with its fabulous carvings bathed in a soft, purple dusk and the pretty Jardin Anglais
station near the Jardin anglais
for the 'swiss Boat tour'.
Cruises are on offer, including on paddle steamers, from the Quai du Mont Blanc or the Jardin Anglais
(English Garden), where the famous floral clock blooms as it ticks.
Time for a photo Get snapped in front of the Flower Clock in the Jardin Anglais
, which has the world's longest second hand.
Querelles de jardins expose de maniere ironique le conflit esthetique entre le jardin francais et le jardin anglais
Back at the Jardin Anglais
(English Garden) you can see the flower clock -- a symbol of Geneva's famous watch industry.
A symbol of the Geneva watch industry of world renown, the famous flower clock, located at the edge of the Jardin Anglais
(English Garden) since 1955, is a masterpiece of technology and floral art.
n Flower Clock: A popular local landmark, the Flower Clock sits at the edge of the Jardin Anglais
If Piper's drawings produced for his Description, or those he prepared for this various built or proposed works resemble French or Italian beaux-arts exercises, perhaps it is because the English landscape that he so admired--possibly to the point of obsession--was more akin to what we now regard as the jardin anglais
, or the jardin anglo-chinois, than we realise.
Certainly, as Hays tells us, the contemporary Jean-Marie Morel, probable designer of the marquis de Giradin's stately jardin anglais
, Ermenonville, is supposed to have regarded Monceau 'with the most supreme contempt'.
In nice weather you can buy picnic fixings then go to a nearby park, like the Jardin Anglais
, to savour it on the waterfront.
From the Jardin Anglais
, with its stunning fountains, little steamer boats run a regular service connecting towns around Lake Geneva - including some in France, so carry your passport in case you need it.