The museum with in the grounds of the chateau is to comemmorate the French-American co-operation in the American War of Independence through history to the Second World War, opened in 1931. Unfortunately the museum was closed we we were here, but I did manage to look through a window & get this photo of French and American art work.Closed on...more
As it is in most French towns the town hall is in the centre. This one was quite unusual as it has an open area underneath for the market. Along with the French-American theme of the village you can can see the flag of both nations on the front of the town hall.The Mayor in France plays more active role in the lives of the local people than here in...more
The Jardin du Nouveau Monde (Gardens of the New World) are two beautiful walled gardens within the old kitchen gardens of Blerancourt Chateau. We vsited in September, so although not in full bloom, still very pretty with lots of butterflies enjoying the flowers.Entrance to the Gardens is free, open from 08:00 to 19:00 from July to Octobermore
Running along side the idea of the French American Museum, All the plants in the Jardin du Nouveau Monde are from the American continent. One Garden is planted with summer flowers, designed by Madison Cox in 1989. The other Garden is designed for an Indian Summer Autumn, by Mark Rudkin and Michel Boulcourt in 1989.more
It was quite a surprise to come across a statue of George Washington in the grounds of a French Chateau! Made in 1785, again to commemorate the French - American relationship.In 1917 the daughter of a wealthy American, Ann Morgan, rounded up other American women in the area to help support the war torn local French, by delivering medical and social...more
Hostellerie Le Griffon is a hotel (rooms start from 50 euros) and restaurant. We did not eat here, as we had already had lunch, but the menu looked great and very reasonable. The most telling factor about "le Griffon" was the amount of local pople eating there for Sunday lunch, the place was packed.
The restaurant backs onto the grounds of the ruined chateau, with a large conservatory restaurant overlooking the grounds.
I would definately give this place a try.