Please, please go see this garden with its adjoining cloister if you go to Paradise Island or Nassau. It a formal garden (you know I love them) with a long central axis, amazing vistas, and grassy terraces (I guess I could leave a little grass at Kilbourne Grove). The cloister ,(oh, the gorgeous cloister, want one for my back yard ) which is across the street from the garden, looks down on a lacey iron gazebo and the water with an amazing view of Nassau harbour.
In the Versaille Gardens, statues abound, ranging from angels, a mother and child, a statue in the center of a lily pond, and even an old sundial in the center of the walkway. Apparently this garden was based on the Versaille garden in France, but it is much more intimate, with a human scale, I could actually imagine having this in my backyard, couldn’t you?
As you enter the garden from the street the long central axis gives you an overview of what is to come.
Did I forget to mention Franklin Delano Roosevelt and David Livingston, staring each other in the eye for all eternity?
While you are in Versaille, if you turn and look over your shoulder, you will see The Cloister.
Remember me telling you about the A & P heir, who bought Hog or Paradise Island in 1959. One of the items he added to the island was The Cloister. This is a 14th century monastery, orginally purchased in France, by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920’s. It was dismantled and never rebuilt, until the 1960’s by Huntington Hartford, owner of Paradise Island.
The intricate Augustinian stone structural ruins, are an admired tourist (and wedding) attraction.
I can see why, imagine having your wedding photos taken here, such a gorgeous background.
The structure allows it’s visitors to walk through it, right to the center,
where a small garden encircles
a stone figure of a woman.
Each pillar of the stone structure has different carvings adding to the detail of the ruin.
A path leads from The Cloister, to the water where,
a circular gazebo, at the foot of the path, has a leafy design, curving into an arch, with the sun shining through the top of the gazebo, shadows are created on the stone.
And it was a perfect palce for us to stop and have a picnic lunch, while gazing at the city of Nassau.
A carved table just outside the cloister has this carved in it, (sorry, my photo didn’t turn out, you can see the table in the above picture, but I had to look up the inscription).
“This monastery was built in the XII-XIII cent. in Montrejau, France by the Augustinian order
It was rebuilt in 1968 by J.J. Castremanne for H. Hartford, Arch. J.L. Volk”
I am in love…