Thursday, May 28, 2009

An Afternoon at the Jardin des Plantes



We're having a little trouble getting up in the mornings so our "day" usually starts around 12:30ish. Today we walked to the Jardin des Plantes. It is a short stroll from our apartment. We've decided to pace ourselves here since we will be coming often. Today we visited the "menagerie". A quaint little zoo, it doesn't have a wide variety of animals, but we found the grounds well kept and the accomodations for the animals much nicer than the zoo at home. Of interest to me was the fact that there were many, many school groups, as young as preschool, and the children were a tad "wild"! I almost lapsed into "teacher mode" a few times but got a grip on myself.

While we did not by any means see the entire gardens , I hope my photos today will give you a little taste. Enjoy!

For those of you interested in the weather, today was overcast and pretty chilly by Alabama standards. We are NOT COMPLAINING! After the first few days of heat, we are pleased. Tomorrow's forecast is mid 50's!

ATTN Blog Friends: I am having trouble leaving comments on some of your blogs. It asks for acct info but doesn't recognize Blogger acct or Name/URL. Can anyone help me out here?



Les Girls!

Apparently I'm having better luck with Parisian men than the women. What do you think?
# 6 of my 100 French Strangers Challenge. This gardener at the Jardin des Plantes took some time explaining that that portion of the garden was planted with fragrant plants to attract butterflies. He told me the names of all them!




25 comments:

marley said...

I looks a lovely place. The photo of the statue and pink roses is perfect.

The photo of the French women on the bench is too funny for words! Love it!

D said...

Whew, I just arrived in France via your blog and spent a while catching up with you. The pics of course are all magnificent. Looks like you're having a wonderful time. Can't wait to see what we do tomorrow!
I laughed out loud about you nearly lapsing into "teacher mode" because it happens to me frequently in public places where rowdy children abound.

JM said...

Wonderful post, V.!
Oh, and don't worry about getting up very early, you're on holidays afterall! :-)

Starman said...

You must take the kids to the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, it's just to the left if you enter from Quai Saint-Bernard.

Maya said...

Looks like a lovely garden! I like the shot of the gardener.

MrsDr said...

I am sure you have tried the open ID.

MrsDr said...

What about anonymous?

Harriet said...

Thank you for these photos of the Jardin des Plantes. I have never seen it with so many things in bloom.

Your capture of the gardener is fantastic. That mischievous look is just perfect! And your comment about those Parisian women made me laugh.

Petrea said...

All I can say is AHHHHHHHHHHHh!

I love the banner photo, too.

Judy - So California said...

V, Great photos ALL. I especially like the last one of the children - they are having such a good time. Love it! Your gardener's cute too. MrsDr's suggetions sound good. I've had trouble staying connected the last few days - not on your site but another I follow.

Blognote said...

I really enjoyed seeing al your Paris photos and read the comments! You are capturing the atmosphere so well, making all of us so very jealous about your stay in ths wonderful city!! Bravissima Virginia!!

FireLight said...

I could have sworn I left a post here... a few minutes ago...???
I have been away too long! Reading through your first days in Paris and studying your photos is the next best thing to being there.
I have just had my first day off...had a nap...and now I am up late. The lavender....ahhh the lavender...and the foods.....wow!

Jill said...

What a lovely stroll through the gardens and zoo. How nice to be able to take your time and savor each moment. I love the pics of the kids running. And all the others as well.

Babooshka said...

You are so obviously on holiday time body clock. So relaxing just virtually meandering. Of course you are working your magic on those Frenchman you Southern Belle. I just love his expression to camera.

Have you tried the internet cafes? We found in Nice that the European rather than the Eastern countries based ones had relatively good access and compatible keyboards. Anyway don't fret about commenting just post, post, post.

PJ said...

Nice to see the whole fam out together. The kids must be be pretty easy going and friendly. Then again, children are so durable. It looks like you're having a lot of fun, V. And the photos aren't too shabby either. ;~)

Harriet said...

LOVE Melissa's scarf!

Clueless in Boston said...

I really love the first photo. It almost looks like a painting with the soft pastel colors.

Don't feel bad about the weather, in Boston it is the same with heavy dense fog, which is good for photos, but alas, I am stuck at work.

Daryl said...

Fabulous shots .. love 'the girls'

Blogger recognition issues seem to be all over the place .. it has to do with being logged in ... and possibly with your computer retaining 'cookies' which automatically 'remember' your log in is intact.

Meanwhile I do not have comment moderation on nor have I ever had it on but the other day I saw on the dashboard that I have 42 comments awaiting moderation.. I dont .. I checked. No idea what is going on with that but the issue you are having I have heard others refer to .. but there is no fix that I have heard of .. if I do I will let you know... bonne chance!

altadenahiker said...

That first photo is a companion piece to one of Torino's. Would look great together.

These are all so good, but love the colors in the last one. Was also thinking how those two little rugrats will remember this trip all their lives.

Ken Mac said...

Ooh! Love the monochrome kids, and that dude? Well....he looks like a scamp. But love Les Girls! Which Canon are you using V? Gorgeous color.

amatamari said...

A beautiful set of images and...
the gardener seems a latinlover!!!

:-)

Starman said...

I think if you log onto Blogger before you try to leave a comment, you won't have that problem. Blogger has several problems going on right now and they never respond when you email them. Sometimes you can find the answer in their forum, but there are so many categories, it can take quite a while to get through them. Good luck.

Jean Spitzer said...

Love the photos, especially of les girls. The gardener is quite something, too!

Tash said...

The girls is a classic - you've got to make that one into a greeting card!
The gardner is gorgeous.
The kids look like they are having a blast.

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

Capturing beauty and personality again!
I have added "Paris Through My Lens" as one of SparkleMirror's noted blogs on the right margin, and you will appear beautifully with your head photo at the top of that list with each new post. I certainly should have added it at the start of your trip.
Thanks Virginia...
David