It was fun coming home after a visit to Gerberoy to discover that I had taken this photo from practically the same point of view that Henri le Sidaner had painted "Table sur la Terrasse," below. It's not the same angle, but it's close enough. Le Sidaner (1862-1939) was a post-impressionist painter who purchased property in the Picardie hill-top village and created a multi-terraced garden in which he found inspiration for many of his intimist paintings. The scene here is from an upper terrace which has a commanding view of hay fields in the distance. This village with a thousand years of history and sitting on the ancient frontier of Normandy and France, was a strategic outpost in the Hundred Years' War.
à peu près: not very different from; roughly; just about
For another photo of Gerberoy's ancient houses and splendid flowers, click here.