Photo credit: Janet Donovan
It was a beautiful and balmy night – first of the season. The mostly art lovers and history buffs gravitated to the terrace of the Residence of The Ambassador of France with its extraordinary view and presence. The Champagne flowed and the pate made the rounds. Encouraging guests to forsake their dream spot back into the room where Ambassador Gérard Araud was to speak about The Royaumont Foundation was a challenge. “With such beautiful weather outside, I’m not very successful,” he joked while guests were rounded up.
“I really want to draw your attention to 50 kilometers or 30 miles North of Paris,” said Araud. “You have a sort of sacred place by driving just a few kilometers to view its extraordinary art collection. It is charming and rich with incredible gardens and also a castle to visit.”