Category Archives: parks and gardens

Sculptures in the Tuileries Gardens

The Welcoming Hands 1996, in the Jardin des Tuileries since 2000, by Louise Bourgeois Bronze patine, granite The Tuileries Garden, one of the oldest public gardens in Paris, always impresses visitors with its orderly design along the city’s historical axis, … Continue reading

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Jardins Éphémères, A First in France

In the summer of 2016, Vannes had a wonderful garden series, called Jardins Éphémères (Ephemeral Gardens). When we first walked into the old walled city from our hotel just outside the city walls, we noticed a pocket-sized patch of greenery … Continue reading

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Brittany’s Hydrangeas

Brittany’s Hydrangeas (les hortensias in French)—Gardener’s Delight (un hortensia in French) Bold, Bright, Beautiful Gardens in France, whether private or in parks, are gorgeous, always with masses of flowers of all kinds. We discovered that French gardeners are fanatic about … Continue reading

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“Animal” Art in Garden near Gare de lest

Garden in Saint-Laurent Square As is so often the case in Paris, you’ll unexpectedly come across a small green space, tucked between larger buildings. Such is this one—just a block and a half down from Gare de L’Est is the … Continue reading

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Parc Monceau; Another Paris Jewel

Paris’s Parc Monceau What a gorgeous green space—another in Paris! Locals love it and you see relatively few tourists here. This 8.2 ha park, first laid out in 1769 by the Duc de Chartres, with garden designer Carmontelle, is in … Continue reading

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More Forbidden Lawns

A Light-Hearted Look At Signs (These found in Paris) As I wrote once before, it’s sometimes hard to know which public lawns one can walk/stand/sit on in France, and which not. There doesn’t always seem to be a logical reason … Continue reading

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World War 1 Centenary Commemorations

Luxembourg Gardens: Fields of Battle, Terres de Paix 14-18 Many people have a direct interest in WW1, as some member of their family was involved in some way. My grandfather fought as a soldier and was badly wounded at the … Continue reading

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