In Albi, France, not far from Toulouse, is the garden of the Berbie Palais. Older than the Palais des Papes in Avignon, the Palais de la Berbie, formerly the Bishops' Palace, and now the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, is one of the best-preserved castles in France.
During the reign of Louis XIV, in 1678, a garden was commissioned by the first Archbishop of Albi, Hyacinthe Serroni, to occupy the former site of the Bishops' Garrison. I've always loved sunken gardens, such as my own Giardino all'Italiana, and this one is truly a masterpiece, with its extravagant swirls of dwarf box broderie and its dramatic surrounding walls and battlements.
And to my mind it's far more beautiful now in winter than in the warmer months when the bare ground you see above is planted out in GMAs (garish modern annuals) turning it all into a fussy carpet of regrettable reds and pinks.
The high framing walkway looks out onto the garden on the right and to the Tarn river on the left and is covered with a romantic arbor of, I think, grapes. Perfection!