Discover the Jardin des Plantes in Paris
Even after living in Paris for over two years now I can't believe that there are still so many iconic places I haven't been to yet... It was only until this summer that I went to the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement of Paris.
It's a wonderful botanical garden open to the public for free with thousands of different plants, trees and flowers. They even have a small zoo (13€ adult ticket) with many different species such as goats from all over the world, reptiles, birds, monkeys, panthers, etc. As flamingoes are so fashionable at the moment, you can image who stole the show... As much as it can be hard to see certain animals like tigers and apes in small enclosed areas, at least there is a reintegration programme in place to save certain animals that are in the verge of extinction. For example, they sent one particular monkey back to Africa to repopulate a region.
We spent a lovely sunny afternoon wandering around the gardens and reading interesting facts about the different flowers and what the colours of each flowers have meant in different cultures and religions throughout history.
If you're ever in Paris wandering where to go for a nice walk, I highly recommend the Jardin des Plantes which I'm sure is really beautiful every season of the year.
Have you already been to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris?