Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog

The Jardins des Plantes are an exotic world of their own, in the middle of Paris.


They have traditional long symmetrical gardens full of flowers in every colour, and lavish tree-lined winding paths. Walking in you're surrounded by the heavy green foliage; breathing in the sweet & musty air transports you to another place altogether.

Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog
Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog
Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog
Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog

There are many different areas in Le Jardin. There's the Natural History Museum, the Zoo, the Mineral and Geological galleries and even a labyrinth. But one of my favourite things was walking along the Alle Chevreul. 

Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog

You get to try and identify the different flowers and herbs growing alongside the path, and encounter impressive statues.

Jardin des Plantes Paris Denicheur d'Oursons travel blog

This is the "Denicheur d'Oursons". It is incredibly powerful because of its size and dynamics. One of my favourite types of art are the ones you can interpret and read if you look closely at the details.

If you look carefully at The Denicheur you can see a bear cub hunter (see the bear that's tied to the man's waist?) who's now encountered the mama bear and though he has tried to defeat her (by stabbing her in the neck with his knife), it doesn't look like he will escape being mauled.

Les Grandes Serres, Jardin des Plantes

Following the path takes us through the giant greenhouses (les grandes serres), which truly are like taking a trip through time and space. They house plants from South America to Asia from as far back as 540 million years ago till today.

Les Grandes Serres, Jardin des PLantes Paris

The path takes you straight to the Museum of Natural History.

Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog

And then to the gorgeous French gardens.

Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog
Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog
Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog
Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog

At every turn off this garden, we find secret jungles full of foliage.

Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog
Jardin des Plantes Paris journographie travel blog

When our feet hurt and can't take it anymore, we make our way via the metro to check out some old-style arcades: les passages.

We start with Passage des Panorama. This is the oldest of the passages in Paris - some shopping arcades from the late 18th century. 

Passage des Panorama Paris

There are antique / independent book shops.

Passage des Panorama

Print shops.


Dollhouse miniature shops.


Taxidermy shops.


And even a good ol' M&S.


Having done some serious window-shopping, we headed for Le Bouillon Chartier, a diner-style restaurant from 1896 with decadent character and humble service. Also - a declared historical monument!

Le Bouillon Chartier
Le Bouillon Chartier

We struggled to decide...

Le Bouillon Chartier

But went for the escargot as always. You know what they say... when in Paris...

Le Bouillon Chartier
Le Bouillon Chartier

We then tried the confit du canard (a favourite staple) and the steak.

Le Bouillon Chartier
Le Bouillon Chartier

Having thoroughly enjoyed these dishes (and then some), we decided to head back home for a well-needed rest and a round or six of the French boardgame Dixit.


And a one (or six) night caps to seal the day.

If you missed the first part of this weekend in Paris, you can check what we saw when we went for strolls with locals.

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