Oads of Normandy having seen the sea shimmer through flowering branches of rhododendron I fully understand how proximity to water can enhance the graces of the vegetal world But what a virginal purity there is in this sweet white geranium bending with its gracious retinue above the icy waters edged by borders of dead leaves Oh silvery decline of woods yet green oh weeping
BRANCHES PONDS AND POOLS PLACED HEREponds and pools placed here there by pious gestures like urns offered up to the melancholy of the trees To say that Proust had a rich interior life is understating things As for the pure white geranium I put out five pots along a wall in my yard muted turuoise from Vietnam and in them I planted white geraniums About two weeks ago the city deer came through and ate every blossom It looked like someone had taken sheers and cut every stem at the same level They are blooming again slowly but this time I come armed with deer repellant Proust remembers the odor of boxwood I have an entirely new scent for the geraniumIt s always a pleasure to linger in Versailles even in the pages of a boo. Scapes of the gardens and pools dramatic visions of the colonnades and expansive views of the vast airy luxurious salons The text is a scholarly study of the history of the evolving aesthetic of this remarkable palace attesting not only to its importance as the ultimate expression of European absolutism but also to its significance as to its importance as the ultimate expression of European absolutism but also to its significance as experimental design workshop that was to become widely influentia. .
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I like best that which is hidden from the usual view attics backlike best that which is hidden from the usual view attics back stables etc Within the book I found a passage by Proust from his Les Plaisirs et Les Jours passage by Proust from his Les Plaisirs et Les Jours Regrets R veries Couleur du Temps 1896From the chapter called Versailles In the wake of so many others I would prefer not to pronounce you here Versailles that grand name tarnished and agreeable that royal cemetery of greenery with its vast expanses of water and marble a site truly aristocratic and demoralizing where remorse for the lives of so many workers sacrificed. In this opulently illustrated volume the eminent French architectural historian Jean–Marie Pérouse de Montclos traces the transformation of Louis XIII's modest hunting lodge into the fabulous château we know today as the extravagant height of the French monarchy Robert Polidori's sublime photographs show Versailles' architecture interiors and gardens from sweeping aerial views to grandiose views of. Not so much to refine and augment the oys of another period as to increase the melancholy of our own does not trouble us In the wake of so many others I would prefer not to articulate your name and yet how often at the reddish basins of your pink marble pools have I drunk to the dregs and even to the point of delirium the intoxicating bittersweet raft of those superb autumn days The earth covered with faded and rotting leaves from a distance resembled a tarnished mosaic yellow and purplish Passing near the Hamlet putting up the collar of my overcoat against the wind I heard doves cooing Everywhere the odor of boxwood like that of Palm Sunday left one intoxicated How could I have managed to gather even a skimpy spring bouuet in these gardens ravaged by autumn On the water the wind crumped the petals of a trembling rose Amid the general falling of leaves at Trianon only the fragile peak of an arch of white geranium lifted its blossoms resilent before the force of the wind above the icy water To be sure having breathed the strong winds and the salt in the sunken The elaborately decorated palace ceilings to intimate photographs of the paintings and sculptures that grace the walls and gardens The exuisite artistry of each carefully considered "decorative detail reveals Versailles in all its magnificenceThe photographs show all the beauty and ornate decoration of Versailles in every " detail reveals Versailles in all its magnificenceThe photographs show all the beauty and ornate decoration of Versailles in every in all its magnificenceThe photographs show all the beauty and ornate decoration of Versailles in every and from every possible perspective Polidori presents uiet warmly lit land.