Saturday, August 8, 2015

je t'aime paris!

Watching Sailboats float by at the Jardin de Luxembourg

A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in - what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars. -Victor Hugo, Les Miserables 

Oh, Paris. In just a few short days, you managed to make me fall in love with you (says everyone). Who can say no to the Louvre, strolls along the Seine, Musee d'Orsay, Versailles, and your macaroons? But when you throw a girl with a garden obsession into a city with such otherworldly Parks and Gardens as Jardin de Luxembourg, Jardin des Tuileries, and Jardin des Plantes. . . you've left little to be desired. Below are images from the Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical garden in France.
Jardin des Plantes, row after row of flowers leading up to the Grande Galerie de l'evolution

A display of Stones from around France

Alice's Talking Flowers 

The flowers never ended 

Dahlias: "Rose des Sables"

Tree lined walking paths to the right and left of the "Squares of Perspective"

Bee house in the "Garden of Bees and Birds"

Lotus Flowers with their water-repellent leaves

As we approach the Greenhouses
The Greenhouse of Tropical Rainforests

The Greenhouse of Tropical Rainforests View

A view from a three tiered staircase behind the waterfall to observe the canopy 
The Greenhouse of Deserts and Arid Environments 

The Greenhouse of Deserts and Arid Environments

In the Greenhouse of the History of Plants
Petrified Wood in the Greenhouse of the History of Plants

Farewell, Paris! See you soon. From the Ferris Wheel at Jardin des Tuileries
If you stop by Paris this summer, make sure to move the gardens to the top of your list. Just a simple stroll can change your perspective. . . 'a few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.'

Keep Exploring!
The Bayou Botanist

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