After years of work, the big Greenhouses located in the Jardin des Plantes (one of Paris gardens) near the Natural History Museum have reopened last summer. I did my first visit yesterday and I was delighted by the work done. You can visit 4 greenhouses full of tropical plants and very well explained. The buildings are gorgeous, the oldest greenhouse was built in 1714 and the gig metal structure ones like this one where built at the beginning of the 19th century. A nice place to visit if you're in town .
Yesterday we had what the weather people say to be our last sunny day for at least a week since they even forecast some snow for the weekend. So let's enjoy the nice Bercy Garden while it's still sunny.
Paris has 3 horses racecourses : Vincennes located in the Vincennes (east) wood and Longchamp and Auteuil located in the Boulogne wood (west). Here is the Vincennes racecourse restaurant at night where you can have a quite nice diner and watch the races ... and bet if you want. This is a place I'm sure most of you who visited Paris have never been too, unless you're a hors race fan. In French we call this place " un champ de course" (literally a "race field") and it is very popular to be on horse races.
Paris is not only the one most tourist just see, the monuments, the beautiful buildings, fancy restaurants ... It's also a city where people with low income live and where little houses like this one can still be found especially in the 18th, 19th and 20th arrondissement where I live.
Looking at the very nice Genie's blog called "Paris and Beyond" I realized that this weekend I took nearly the same picture that the one she posted last Thursday but at night. So here's a variation of the place and a "blog to blog" talk like we sometimes also do with Virginia's Paris Through my Lens.
The giant wheel on the Place de la Concorde is back for the holiday period and so is the Christmas market on the Champs Elysées. I saw the wheel yesterday night for the first time this year and wanted to share it with with this picture mixing the Concorde Obelisk and the wheel. I will certainly have the opportunity to show you more since it's only the beginning of the period. Have a great Sunday (which will be a rain day in Paris) !
I don't know about you but me, even though I'm living here, I never get tired of the "cliché" views of Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral's tower are certainly one of these photos but when I'm near, especially at that time of the day when they put on the lightings and the sky is not totally dark yet, I can't help staying there looking at this beauty and if I happen to have my camera with me ... here's what it gives.
This subway station is called " Louvre Rivoli " as it's located near the Louvre museum and on the Rivoli street. As you can see it has a special decoration that you will see nowhere else in the city's subway stations.
Montparnasse cemetery is,with the Père Lachaise and the Montmartre cemeteries, one of Paris place to be for famous people when they die. Here is one of the most visited grave in Montparnasse. It's Serge Gainsbourg's, a very famous French singer and writer who died in 1991. I know my blog friend Virginia likes him so here's one of my favorite Gainsbourg song to her and to people who don't know him :
Paris is full of beautiful building and one should always look up when walking in the city. Here is a splendid building built in 1929 designed by architect G. Grimberg with 2 sides of classic apartments and in the middle huge "ateliers d'artiste" as we call these big 2 floor apartments with giant windows in French. If you want to see it it's located on the rue Froidevaux right in front of the Montparnasse cemetery in the 14th arrondissement.
Two pictures today as I could not choose whether to show you the outside or the inside of the nice Musée Bourdelle located in Montparnasse quarter in the 15th arrondissement. It's a city owned museum (free entrance !) and honestly I'm no so found of that artists sculptures but the place itself really worths the visit. You can wander in what was Antoine Bourdelle's workplace and in the hidden garden (that you can see through the windows).
What best can you find for a sunday than my 3 favorite tarts : Chocolate, Lemon, Raspberry. And today's French phrase : péché mignon. If you translate is means "sweet sin" and it's used in a sens that it is someone's "weakness", but a nice weakness. So, yes, I must admit that tart is my "péché mignon".
... but great sky ! We have some very rare short moments of blue sky these days and all the rest is grey and wet wet wet ... I hate November ! As some of you seemed to like yesterday's French expression, here is a new one related to the picture " c'est un temps de novembre " meaning " it's november weather". This is used anytime of year to complain when the weather is rainy and grey which is typical of November here but unfortunately also happens all year round.
The giant French flag is back under the Arc of Triumph as today we commemorate the armistice of World Word I.
For this occasion it is a public holiday in France and since its a Thursday this year, lots of people (including me) also take their Friday off which gives a 4 days weekend ! In French we call this : "faire le pont" which literally means "make the bridge" (between 2 non worked days). If you'd work in France this week people would ask you " est-ce que tu fais le pont ?" (do you make the bridge?).
The French "TGV" (High speed train) is certainly our number one public transportation. Here you see the Montparnasse railway stations with trains going west. You can for exaample take this train to the city of Tours ( Loire castles valley) that you wil reach within 1 hour instead of at least 2h30 by car (with no traffic which is quite never the case in Paris).