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Sunshine + Flora at Jardin des Plantes

3.18.2014
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes

It was one of those mornings when, after dropping my son off at school, I couldn't resist taking a small detour to Jardin des Plantes to watch the late winter sunlight flood the flora and skip along the double rows of plane trees.

Jardin des Plantes, an idyllic quiet space in Paris' 5th arrondissement, is France's main botanical garden created in 1626 by Louis XIII's physician as the royal medicinal herb garden (and opened to the public in 1640). It also houses La Ménagerie (a lovely small zoo that had my younger son riveted - we'll share these photos on another post), tropical greenhouses and magnificent museums. We plan on exploring and sharing more of this enchanting garden in the coming days...


25 comments

  1. Awesome photos! I really love the way you catch the feeling of the park!

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  2. so beautiful. keep taking pics and sharing.

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  3. This is simply lovely, Catherine. Paris does seem to have this special light about it, doesn't it?

    MA

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    1. Very much so MA! Paris light seems to turn the sky into beautiful hues of soft blues and pearlescent grays...

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  4. Some nice shots illustrating the few days just before spring arrives... Looking at these images, I can feel the chill which is in the air (and even got goosebumps) just before the first warm day of the year.

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  5. Hi Catherine, I always find myself sinking into your photos, my mind conjuring stories about what I'm seeing. The angles and light of the second take my breath away. The yellow bloom on concrete seems like a promise of spring. Catherine, you might enjoy The Girl You Left Behind (Moyes) which takes place in France and England. Also, The Rosie Project is a hoot (Simsion). However, I can see you don't have a spare moment with caring for the boys and settling into your new apartment.

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    1. Thank you so much for the book recommendations Barb...am adding them to my reading list. The Girl You Left Behind sounds wonderful, I love historical fiction!

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  6. Such early spring loveliness! I can't wait to see more. Your photos tell a wonderful story of Paris and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

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  7. Oh to be in Paris during springtime! Lovely pictures.

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  8. I love seeing spring in the air especially in Paris...gorgeous - love your views!

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  9. So, so enchanting! That second photo gave me the shivers (in a pleasant way:), absolutely beautiful! I hope you get lots more light-filled days to start off these early days in Paris:)

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  10. Gorgeous glimpse into Spring. Those poppies are so beautiful!

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  11. Lovely spring! :)


    http://pienilintu.blogspot.fi/

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  12. Wonderful pictures! I can't choose my favorite! I have a lot to learn....

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  13. Sometimes I am in awe that such places exist in the world. I love how you show us a world void of franchise. These unique, simple, and natural places are stunning. If a strange southern woman shows up on your door step...it's me!

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  14. your photos are absolutely gorgeous! love paris.
    merci.
    salut bien!

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  15. P.S. I'm so glad you enjoyed the boulanger and that they're still yum!! So fun:)

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  16. Lovely images, makes me want to bundle up and head out into the spring sunshine

    Mollyxxx

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  17. Beautiful, a lovely place to spend time. Wonderful photos. Thank you for linking and sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

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  18. Gorgeous series of very creative photography ~ xxx

    artmusedog and carol
    (A Creative Harbor)

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  19. Beautiful bits of early color, and I can only imagine how beautiful it will be in full bloom. Maybe you will take us back there in a few months!

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  20. How lovely this park is even in the winter, Catherine. Your photos are lovely captures and make me wish I was walking along the paths, especially ones all the trees and flowers bloom.

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  21. Thank you for your very sweet comments ladies :)

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