So glad we finally made it to le Cirque du Fer à Cheval this spring. We did an easy hike for 3-4 hours, wowed by majestic views of the largest cirque in the Alps and its spectacular waterfalls at this time of the year the entire way. Easily the most impressive nature reserve I’ve been to in France so far. Hiking boots a must as there are quite a few streams to wade through.
Bit of east Paris cameo there with a scene in the 7bis métro line (Buttes Chaumont to Pré Saint-Gervais) but I’m pretty sure this is not what people look for when they want to watch a French film set in Paris. You’ve got Zazie dans le métro (1960) and Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001) for that. Not a film for the faint-hearted either since not everyone could stomach the New French Extremity genre. It’s definitely one of the most intense and brutal films I’ve watched in recent years, progressing from dark destructive vengeance to the relative calm of bliss and happiness but unfortunately, as the narrative is in reverse chronological order, it ends up being bittersweet instead. The only consolation: le temps détruit tout indeed.
Other than the fact that I cringe every time someone breaks into song, it’s definitely one hell of a very photogenic mid-century murder mystery thriller, all melodramatic and whimsical.
I don’t do well with surprises and am usually left underwhelmed. But not this time ! I could have hibernated in the treehouse all weekend listening to the sounds of chirping birds or the passing stream though we did eventually venture out to see the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and even had time for a walk in the forêt de Fontainebleau. Says much when this city girl exclaims she could probably do with another weekend like this sans internet connection in the countryside an hour by car from Paris.
La Grange Saint Martin
39, rue de la Coudre, 77590 Fontaine-le-Port, France