Springtime in Paris

This post was originally two-thirds full of photos of flowers, but I had to cut a lot of them out in the interest of diversity. It’s just very hard to ignore all the lovely colours in the Parisian gardens right now! I went on a 5km walk yesterday, starting from my flat in the 15th and going north towards Invalides where I discovered a tiny little park tucked away in the north-east corner. I had a look on Google Maps to see if I could determine it’s proper name but it doesn’t seem to be marked, unfortunately. From there, I headed over the river (across my favourite bridge, Pont Alexandre III) to the Grand and Petit Palais, east on the Champs-Elysรฉes towards Concorde and through the gates of the Jardin des Tuileries, where I was again overcome by the sea of purple flowers that are in bloom around the “Grand Bassin Rond” right nowย (eastern end of the park, right next to the Carrousel du Louvre). The purpose of this walk was to find the “Jardin du Palais Royale” that I had seen on Instagram and Facebook recently, and these gardens aren’t very obvious as they are enclosed in the walls of the Palais Royale (directly north of the Louvre’s pyramid). On Google Maps they don’t look like gardens, just a couple of passageways with a pond marked in the middle, but you can find them if you follow the signs that are posted just near the Metro Palais Royale – Musรฉe du Louvre. And it’s well worth the search if you find them on a quiet evening like yesterday’s – such a peaceful place in the middle of the city ๐Ÿ™‚

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