Today you'll see a lot of green on my blog; deep green, light green, khaki green - and some touches of colour from time to time. As March is here now, we're all waiting for the sun to come out and the weather to get warmer. Being tired of the grey skies we've had in Paris these days, I wanted to do a post full of colours and summer hues. This is why I've decided to talk to you about a place I visited last summer, the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil, right on the outskirts of Paris. This is pretty much a piece of Mediterranean microclimate in the centre of France, and if you go there on a sunny day, you'll feel like you're in some kind of exotic place in the South!
It is basically a huge garden around which you'll find several glasshouses dating back to the late nineteenth century, each glasshouse is focused on plants and flowers from a specific area of the globe. You'll get the chance to hang in the peaceful gardens and step into these glasshouses, immediately entering a whole new world of humidity, warm air and unusual vegetation. This is actually more fun than it sounds, just look at these photos and tell me if this doesn't feel like summer goodness to you!
Aside from the glasshouses themselves, the gardens are very quiet and will be the best place to rest after all the walking around the cacti and palm trees. I was surprised to see the place was almost empty of visitors, I guess people don't know about it as glasshouses are not the place you'd go first when visiting Paris. But if you're looking for a peaceful place to spend an afternoon far from the busy parks of Paris, this is the place! It could even do for a nice picnic on the grounds of the gardens. Trust me, you won't be bothered by noisy people or cars there!
|'Fluctuat Nec Mergitur', the motto of Paris: Tossed by the waves but never sunk.|
This is a photo-heavy post, but I really wanted to make you discover a place that I'm sure most people don't know about, and even Parisians don't really go to. Best thing about the Serres d'Auteuil is that the access is free for all, and it is open all year round! If you know Paris like the back of your hand and want to go somewhere new, this is the place for you.
Jardins des Serres d'Auteuil
3 avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil
Métro (underground): Porte d'Auteuil (ligne 10)
Have you ever visited glasshouses? Do you like spending times in peaceful gardens as well?