I walked down to the Batobus stop on the far side of Notre Dame, wading happily through the throngs of tourists and occasional accordion player and clown and violinist.
I flashed my boat pass, and jumped on, and watched the city go by on our way to the Jardin des Plantes, which has to be my favorite park yet.
The Jardin des Plantes is more of a botanical garden, which isn't to say it's not pretty. It's beautifully laid out, and full of flowers. But there are names on things, and a certain inclusiveness and scientific order. The park also contains their Natural History Museum, a small Menagerie (zoo), greenhouses and some sort of zoological building. I didn't go inside of the buildings, though. I just wanted to wander amongst the flowers.
|Jardin des Plantes.|
|A rather disturbing statue of a man, who has killed a cub and tried to kill a bear being mauled by the bear. It appears to be by the dog park... I can't think why. Bear killing and mauling -- dog park? No clue.|
|A little French vineyard. This is for my guys at Hanson Vineyards!|
|A French garden house. This one's for Mom! Their door isn't nearly as pretty as your door...|
|Lovely flowers, all in rows and carefully trellised.|
- a folly, in the middle of a labyrinth
- a bee hotel
- an old-fashioned merry-go-round with the cutest animals ever
- a rainbow
I've been glad to have my travel umbrella at several junctures this trip. It hasn't been cold at all -- the temperature has been a splendid 70-something throughout.
When I was in the folly, it began to pour. Children ducked into the bushes, parents began to holler for their children, and I meandered my way down through the labyrinth and through the rest of the park, happily taking pictures of rainbows and flowers and children on merry-go-rounds.
|Lovely tree, with arms outstretched.|
|The bee hotel!|
|The folly on the hill.|
|Path framed with climbing roses.|
|Building of Things Botanical and Geological.|
|I really liked this fellow. He's contemplating an egg.|
|You can walk through the flowers, or you can walk through the trees.|
|Round and round they go!|
|The bridge (and the bridge reflected in the side of the boat).|
|Eagle bridge and Eiffel Tower.|
|Sky glowering over Eagle bridge.|
|Dark wars with light.|
|Stormy sky and wake of boat, framed by bridge. Eiffel Tower far left.|
|The fancy bridge, with stormy sky above it.|
|It begins to rain.|
|Storm over long bridge.|
|Really coming down.|
|Rainbow over the Seine.|
|Rainbow with birds.|
|It's a double!|