Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paris-Part Deux

THE GARDENS

Our hotel was steps away from the Tuileries.  It was where we started our day, often ate breakfast, and planned our excursions.  Full of families, tourists and locals taking a mid-day respite...the living room of Paris.

Jardin des Tuileries


Inside an alcove alongside the Tuileries, an impromptu evening concert





Jardin du Luxembourg

We instantly fell in love with the Luxembourg gardens.  Grand vistas surrounded by intimate garden rooms.  The French must have a deal with Mother Nature...they have such command of their landscape.  





Medici Fountain within the  Luxembourg gardens

A place we have vowed to return. After discovering it on our first day we returned for a picnic lunch our last afternoon to bid au revoir to Paris.  The serenity only interrupted by a celebrity sighting...Ron Howard and and his wife out for a jog.  I managed to put down my baguette and squeak out "bonjour" as they passed by.





Jardin du Palais Royal

A hidden gem screened from the busy city by an arcade of shops and cafes.

Jardin du Musee Rodin

Formal gardens showcasing Auguste Rodin's sculpture.  More on his work in upcoming post.


View of the garden from inside the museum



A city with a bounty of flowers and greenery










Flowers for our terrace


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