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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Paris: Jardin des serres d'Auteuil


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After the wordiest post yesterday, I thought it was high time I shared some more Paris pictures. Another throwback post, I'm afraid, as it's been a while since I did anything photo-worthy.

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 Although we had a bit of a list of things we wanted to do whilst in Paris, that never quite made it into an itinerary. Which isn't a problem until you come to decide you'll do all the museums you want to tomorrow, and then Google informs you that museums close on Tuesdays. Back to the drawing board we went.

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After a little research and checking out some of the guide books which our AirBnB host had kindly left for us, we settled on a day of firsts, picking one destination each to visit. First stop of the day took us further out on the Metro than I'd been before, as we headed for Jardin des serres d'Auteuil.

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A short walk from Subway - Porte d'Auteuil we hadn't been sure what to expect and the weather looked as though it was about to take a turn for the worse, as a few rainclouds gathered overhead. We weren't sure that we would be staying here for long, but as soon as we turned into the main gates, we were a little bit spellbound. The selection of plants and the mixture of different leaves and flowers, with differing colour schemes across various borders and areas of the garden gave us so much to look at, that immediately we knew that the botanical gardens had been a good choice for our first stop of the day.

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Dating back to the late 1700s, the Jadrins des serres d'Auteuil are one of the four botanical gardens which are looked after by the City of Paris. They're beautifully maintained and are open daily between 8-6pm for most of the year with a few exceptions, which are detailed on the website.

My eyes were drawn immediately to the glasshouses. They weren't built until much later - 19th century architecture still going strong - but they're just amazing. I'm a little bit obsessed with greenhouses and the colour and design of these is probably the best I've ever seen. Although there was one which wasn't accessible, the majority are open to the public and it's completely free of charge to visit and explore the gardens.

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Each glasshouse has a theme and a type of plant, and it was amazing to see all of the different specimens grown, all fully labelled with lots of information (although mostly in French so this did test my translation skills a little!) As you get further into the gardens, one of the houses even has an aviary with a selection of pretty birds, and a pool with plenty of huge fish swimming around and it was so relaxing to watch them in such tranquil surroundings, despite being only moments away from the busy ring-roads around the city!

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One of my favourite things, hands down, was the existence of these amazing ant planters on the main lawn. Seriously, though. How coo are these and where can I get one?!



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