• Bee on the butterfly bush at Jardin des Planets
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    Enjoy a Stroll Through Jardin des Planets

    Jardin des Plantes is just across the river from the Bastille. One day in March, I took a short stroll across the Seine. Instead of covering all the garden, I strolled along a path through the gardens that passes from the gate at Place Valhubert to the gate at Rue Linné and Rue Cuvier. On this Spring morning, certain buds and flowers attracted my attention. Enjoy this virtual view with me through my eyes.

  • Edouard Dubufe et Rosa Bonheur (1857) Portrait of Rosa Bonheur Colleen's Paris
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    Rosa Bonheur Looking Into The Souls of Animals

    Rosa Bonheur married art—”It is my husband, my world, the air that I breathe. I do not feel anything else. I cannot think of anything else.” For Rosa Bonheur, animals were that art and the eyes of animals were the windows to their souls. The Musée d’Orsay presents this retrospective on her “marriage” for you until January 15, 2023. A friend mentioned wanting to see Rosa Bonheur. A browser search of the name suggested three drinking spots in the Parisian suburbs (guinguettes) named Rosa Bonheur. With more digging, I found out she was a French animal portraitist, sculptor, illustrator, photographer, independent female, admired icon of Buffalo Bill Cody, and first…

  • Leaves changing inside the Hotel Sully garden
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    A Paris Indian Summer

    It is warm, it is beautiful. Hard to stay inside and not enjoy the wildly bright colors. The annual glory of color shines inside the courtyard of Hotel Sully, the Marais, when the leaves are changing. Take a visit through the Paris Indian Summer video to see more of Hôtel de Béthune-Sully in the Marais, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes and the “Serres” (greenhouses). Hotel Sully is undergoing renovations and will open to the public in the future. This building is “in the heart of the Marais, one of the finest Louis XIII buildings in Paris and the residence of the family of Maximillien de Béthune, Duke of Sully,…

  • Les Pestacles-Festival for kids June to September
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    June in Paris – Events, Festivals, Music, Sports

    This article has been archived and is no longer being updated.   GARDEN The Greenhouses in Jardins des Plantes opened in 2010 after several years of renovations. SPORTS “Roland Garros in the city”  at the Hôtel de Ville – During Roland Garros the esplanade is set up for  mini-tennis, watching the RG matches on the big screen, and exhibition matches in the square. MUSIC Activities for the kids – every Wednesday for the whole family, Parisians, French visitors and tourists. Parc Floral (when you are not visiting the Chateau de Vincennes!) Where: Esplanade Saint Louis in front of the Chateau de Vincennes What: Concerts, readings, street artists and performers, circus…