image of rose in the Musée Rodin garden and Rodin's Thinker
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Lift the Mask and Smell the Rodin Roses

Alain Baraton recommends the garden at Musée Rodin for the perfume of roses. Colleen’s Paris recommends you hurry before all the petals fall off. It is the end of July. The alternative is to save the date for next year. You will be swept away by the variety of scents. Early Saturday morning, Mr. Baraton convinced me to make the museum’s garden my focus for the morning. He responded to a listener’s question on the radio: If one is in Paris, what garden would he recommend for a garden visit? He saw rabbits in the garden; I saw the Auguste Rodin’s Le Penseur (The Thinker) surrounded by roses in an assorted rainbow blend of pinks, whites, purples, oranges, etc. Visiting the garden first around 11 am, then a swing through the museum was good timing to take our lunch at the garden café restaurant café-restaurant « L’Augustine ». What I thought would be a quick visit, turned into a few hours of relaxation.

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I had to use some detective sleuthing to find the names of certain roses. A tag on one listed André Eve as a source of rose identity.  They have roses pre-and post-1867 and 280 varieties available year round.

The recently opened L’Augustine’s chef, Amandine Chaignot, designs the seasonal dishes and the Maison Lenôtre provides the sweet desserts.

The radio station France Inter produces the gardening program, La main verte (The green hand). With the translation, it appears the French use the whole hand for their jardinage (gardening) and Anglos use only a green thumb. For the roses, you only need your nose to enjoy the perfume.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!