On a beautiful fall day nothing is more pleasant than strolling along the streets and gardens in Paris so as to enjoy the beautiful lights and the fall colours at their best. At this time of year I love the colours of trees in the parks and gardens and the displays of autumn flavours on the Parisian food markets. That is the reason why I am taking you for a walk in my area of Paris, the fifth arrondissement around the so cute Place de la Contrescarpe: from one garden to another, up and down the Montagne Sainte Geneviève, and through the Parisian food market of the Place Monge and the permanent food market of the famous rue Mouffetard. I hope that you will enjoy this 2-hour walk!
The garden for plants and trees in Paris
If you are currently in Paris it is time to go for a walk in the Jardin des Plantes. This garden is one of the world’s foremost botanical gardens and it offers the widest variety of flowers, plants and trees which can be admired in Paris. And this week… the Japanese cherry trees are in bloom! Once it has started the cherry blossom only last a couple of days. So do not miss it if you can: It is so beautiful! And if one petal falls on you, you will be lucky within the next year!
After the Metro station Arts et Métiers last month, let’s discover another gem of the Parisian underground life: Cluny La Sorbonne, on line 10, in fifth arrondissement of Paris.
This metro station had opened for the first time in 1930 but closed nine years later as there were too many stations in the same area. Nevertheless it reopened in 1988 to connect with RER B line after the creation of a new hub around Saint Michel. This station is unusual as it does not have two but three tracks : the central track is inaccessible to travellers and was built to connect with metro line 4.
But the most impressive is the ceiling of the station! It is decorated with two beautiful mosaic giant birds and with the reproduction of the autographs of famous French authors, scientists, statesmen who used to spend time in the Latin Quarter : Pascal, Rabelais, Molière, … Those mosaic signatures are really amazing and while waiting for the train one can try to guess which famous person lies behind each of them. The whole decor was made in 1988 by the French artist Jean Bazaine.
Back to earth : the Musée de Cluny near the metro way out, is one of the most fascinating museums in Paris for both its architecture and collections. Do not miss the Roman baths and the famous ‘dame à la Licorne’ tapestries!
Practical information : Website of the RATP
Christine Bokobza – Good Morning Paris B&B – www.goodmorningparis.fr