At the top of the witness hill, the castle overlooks the Écouen site and offers a panoramic view of the city and the Plaine de France, so I take the opportunity to take a selfie.

In full spring season and the deigning sun point the tip of its nose, I allow myself a small stroll in the open air and choose to discover the park of the castle. The proposed route in the booklet “A castle - A forest” made me really want since it makes me pass by almost all the alleys of the domain.

I start the route on the way to the west wing of the castle and discover at the precise angle of the south terrace a magnificent maple tree with leaves with webbed veins. Further on, I can see the garden with the yews pruned in a topiary. I then take the direction of the small avenue of the green theater to appreciate the rotundas of the plane trees.

ecouen park bush

I return to the main alley, the Princess Alley, where sumptuous chestnut trees are planted and a little further to the right of the benches: charms. While strolling along this alley, I could admire splendid rhododendrons and even strawberry strawberries! I also let myself be tempted by two or three strawberries and I resumed my journey.

I turn my head from left to right so as not to miss anything of all this flora. I turn my head to the right I discover a beech, I turn my head to the left I see holly, and when I stop in front of it, I see the recess of the wall of the domain. In the booklet, it is explained that it was the historic site of the famous Chappe Telegraph built at the end of 18st century. For more information, I am told to go to the Tourist Office.

At the crossroads of this alley, I notice a majestic chestnut tree with four trunks, I did not think it could exist, I liked it so much that I took a picture of it to feed my Instagram!

I am heading towards the fountain, called "Fontaine Hortense" because it was offered to the institution of the Legion of Honor by the brother of Queen Hortense (Prince Eugène de Beauharnais) in 1810. The Euphorbia and a primula bed borders this part of the park and the fountain.

I continue my walk by sinking into the undergrowth and I find myself facing the missed oak, which is indeed a bit special with a kind of circle on the trunk. I resume walking and get drunk on the smell of the forest and the flowers on the way, such as lily of the valley with its white bells, bluebells of purple woods and white and yellow deer anemones.

lily of the valley castle park of ecouen

I finally arrive at the Allée du Luat where superb linden trees with heart-shaped leaves await me, the linden sapwood is also known as a medicinal practice. The end of my journey is approaching before I see to my delight other strawberry strawberries and then allow me once again to pick some strawberries!

Finally, I head to the terrace of the restaurant "At the table of kings", sit at a table sipping juice and tasting these delicious wild strawberries, while enjoying the sun and a light breeze in front of the Plain of France.