Gerberoy, Oise, Picardy, France
The medieval Village of Gerberoy is one of France’s most beautiful villages, officially. It’s listed on the ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France‘. An independent association that was set up in France in 1982. It can be found North of Paris in the Oise department of Picardy. And to get to it is a short 30 minute drive from Beauvais Airport.
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You arrive through the rolling lush French countryside where even the place you park your car offers stunning landscape and photo opportunities.
Gerberoy is renowned for its half-timbered and brick houses, winding cobble stoned streets, well-maintained gardens, roses and the painter Henri Le Sidaner.
Actually the later two go hand in hand. Because it is said that when Henri lived there back in the early 1900’s he grew rose bushes not only in his own garden. But throughout the village too.
Henri’s green-fingers and mission to brighten the village with beautiful flowers paid off as the villagers in turn began to grow their own.
Today there are over 300 rose bushes in Gerberoy. And on the third Sunday of every June, a rose festival is celebrated in his honour.
With every step I took though the streets, the beautifully maintained buildings with their French shuttered windows, colourful rose trimmed doors, wisteria canopies and leafy green trims pulled at my heartstrings.