Sunday, 29 June 2014

L'allée des Mortemets

allee des Mortemets Versailles château
Today is 'la grande déambulation' or 'the big stroll'. The normally busy road from neighbouring Saint-Cyr l'Ecole town to Versailles will be closed to cars and activities such as a parade and brass band music are to be held. Unfortunately, VDP still can't walk properly so won't be able to go... The event, however, gives VDP the opportunity to show you Mortemets alley, which runs almost parallel to the busy road. It was renovated last year as part of Le Nôtre year celebrations. It was originally planned by André Le Nôtre (Louis XIV's genius gardener), between 1670 and 1680 and links the Swiss Lake almost to St-Cyr l'Ecole, crossing still active Mortemets military camp along the way... It is seen here from St-Cyr side, from opposite this place.

Aujourd'hui, c'est la "grande déambulation". La route (RD10) entre St-Cyr l'Ecole et Versailles est fermée à la circulation et des animations telles que parade et fanfare sont prévues. Malheureusement, VDP ne peut toujours pas marcher normalement et ne pourra pas s'y rendre... L'événement donne toutefois à VDP l'occasion de vous montrer l'allée des Mortemets, presque parallèle à la route départementale 10. Elle a été rénovée l'an passé dans le cadre de l'Année Le Nôtre et conçue par le jardinier du roi entre 1670 et 1680. Elle relie la pièce d'eau des Suisses à la route de St-Cyr, traversant le camp militaire des Mortemets... Elle est vue ici depuis l'INRA donc presque depuis St-Cyr.

22 comments:

Revrunner said...

Whoa! That's one long, straight and narrow road.

cieldequimper said...

This is the restored alley, not the road. It isn't meant for cars (as you can see from the sign!)

Stefan Jansson said...

This is a great alley. Bummer that you can't take part in the event.

William Kendall said...

That lane seems to be saying, "come up me."

Sylvia K said...

Definitely the best looking alley that I've ever seen!! Looks as though it goes on forever! Great capture as always, Ciel! I do hope the problem with your leg is better soon! Holding good thoughts!

Randy said...

Let's go!

Thérèse said...

Une allee engageante.

Stuart said...

So I'm inferring that bike riding won't work for you either. That's too bad. Anyway, that alley looks very inviting and I'm sure it will wait for you... it's already been patient for over 300 years.

Marid Oh said...

on va profiter de la fin du concours de fanfare avec les enfants aussi, je sens que ça va être sympa :)

retriever said...

Lovely great alle, hope the event is also nice.
happy summer, greeting from Belgium

Lea said...

Nice composition of the photo. Looks like great strolling track indeed.

Birdman said...

That's a LONG stroll it looks like.

Diane AZ said...

A beautiful alley, it looks so inviting!

VP said...

I would like a stroll along this alley...

Sharon Anck said...

Beautiful path! So sorry you still are having trouble with the injury. I hope the discomfort goes away very soon.

Small City Scenes said...

You're not walking properly yet----WHAT!! You must!
The lane draws one all the way to the end. Nice shot and info. MB

Halcyon said...

Sorry you won't be able to visit, but love this shot. The soft focus really works well here. :)

RedPat said...

We need more places like this everywhere!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Oh bummer, I'm sorry you are still on the mend, you need a little electric scooter while you heal :-)

The alley looks like it have grapevines growing along it's path.

EG CameraGirl said...

What a shame to miss a parade!

llandudnopictures said...

Now that is a l o n g path!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Enjoyed all the links Ciel.. especially loved looking back at your images of the Swiss Lake, merci beaucoup.
P.s. I'm hoping to be able to show you what I bought for new bub, with herself in the shot :)