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We tend to think of the Rose as a quintessentially English flower, but the French have their moments with Rose Days (Journées de la Rose). Avignon (84 Vaucluse, Provence) celebrates the rose with its Altera Rosa Festival every other year in May, whilst in the north the Royal Abbey of Chaalis near Senlis (60 Oise, Hauts de France) throws its own Rose festival in June

Chaalis Abbey was a French Cistercian abbey founded in 1136 by Louis VI of France. There had previously been a Benedictine monastery in the same place.

The Journees de la Rose festival runs from 7 – 9 June 2024 in the delightful (and usually peaceful) gardens of the abbey – you’ll be greeted by a vast display of roses, be able to talk to rose experts, see an exhibition of photos and attend workshops on perfume and flower arranging.

For more info on the Days of Roses see www.domainedechaalis.fr

The Rose Garden is open daily all year except Christmas and New Year!

Fontaine-Chaalis is about 50km northeast of Paris

Stay in the B&B Pierres et Jardins in nearby Senlis.

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