Posts Tagged ‘gardens’

Musée de la vie romantique – exhibit Pierre-Joseph Redouté

May 21st, 2017

The Musée de la vie romantique in the 9th, a haven of calm and green for the city-weary traveler, is worth a visit this time of year for its lovely garden and little café.  And this spring the plus is a small exhibit of the work of Pierre-Joseph Redouté (The Power of Flowers), an 18th century painter and botanist.  A large part of his work was documenting plants being discovered as part of the colonial explorations of the period, a fascinating intersection of science, history and

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Elysée Palace Gardens – Open This Sunday

July 31st, 2014

Rarely open to visitors in the past , now open the first Sunday of the month (August 3)!  For those who don’t know, the Elysée Palace is the home of the French president so this is like visiting the White House gardens but à la française!  Because it’s not just any park, being so closely associated with the French government, you’re expected to be ‘appropriately dressed’ (my interpretation is that this means no bathing suits, probably no cutoff short shorts, guys should keep their shirts

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Ravel/Béjart in the gardens of Versailles this week

June 16th, 2014

The Béjart Ballet will be performing Ravel’s Boléro in the gardens of the Orangerie at the Chateau de Versailles this Wednesday and Thursday, June 18th & 19th at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are not cheap (248 to 43 euros depending on the category) but it’s likely to be spectacular.  To reserve, click here.  Versailles is easily accessible by RER C (suburban light rail) and the SNCF (the French national railway) – you should be able to go and return by public transportation but if you’re worried

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Gardens in the Garden

June 5th, 2014

The 11th annual festival Jardins, Jardin, in the Tuileries Gardens, runs from Friday June 6 through Monday June 9.  If you’re strolling through the Tuileries this weekend and looking for garden ideas, you should check out this garden show.  You’ll find it on the Seine side of the gardens, just behind the Orangerie. Friday – Sunday 10-8, Monday 10-5.  Entry fee: 13 euros, under 18 free.

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Fall Garden Festival Paris

September 19th, 2013

The Fête des Jardins 2013, this weekend in Paris (September 21 and 22).  Several small hidden gardens, not usually open to the public, are on the program (e.g the garden of the Institut Catholique in the 6th) in addition to many of the community gardens scattered around the city.  Many parks have programmed special events – concerts are planned in several parks (e.g. Parc Montsouris at 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday) as well as special activities for kids and demonstrations related to various horticultural

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