One Thursday afternoon…

It was just one Thursday afternoon in Paris….
I had the day off….
It was freezing cold but the sun was shining and no matter what Paris is always beautiful…..

First I went shopping at “Les Galeries Lafayette” and found some great lace tops on sale.

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Then I visited my favorite bookshop “Galignani” located on Rue de Rivoli. They have beautiful Art books and very interesting History books.

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Then I was headed for  Le Musée de l’Orangerie to see the exhibition “American Painting in the 1930’s” and I walked through Le Jardin des Tuileries.

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Arrived at destination…. the beautiful Musée de l’Orangerie

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It was not allowed to take pictures but I bought this postcard of one of my favorite painting from Edward Hopper “New York Movie”.

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And finally on my way out of Le Jardin des Tuileries, Paris was just offering idyllic pictures.

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It was just one Thursday afternoon in Paris.

Le jardin des plantes, part 2: le jardin des pivoines

As mentioned earlier “le jardin des pivoines” (the garden of peonies) in the botanical garden is definitely a must! I was there in May and it was perfect timing as most of the peonies were beautifully in bloom. Few of them were beginning to fade and it was also charming in a way: all the petals gathered on the floor or looking like crumpled paper…. some of them will definitely be “my models” for drawings and paintings!

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The fading peonies…

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The very pink peonies…

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The very white peonies…

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A Frenchic place to visit: le jardin des plantes, part 1

My summer vacation start today and I have been looking forward to it as tiredness has kind of “invaded” my body! So I will be exploring, discovering, relaxing, drawing and painting, reading, eating good food, visiting family and friends, etc…. But before all of that let me present you a beautiful place in Paris: the botanical garden called “Le Jardin des plantes”. (The garden of plants). It is located in the 5th arrondissement and it is the place when science, nature and history meets. It was created in 1635, project initiated by the doctor of the king Louis XIII. At that time it was called the Royal garden of medicinal plantes but became the garden of plants after the revolution. It is really worth walking around the elegant alleys, sitting on a bench and enjoying a little bit of quietness, admiring the elegant buildings and all the flowers and plants nature has to offer.

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Touches of pink….

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Touches of yellow…

 

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Buildings….

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La Grande Serre ( the big hothouse)

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And soon…. le Jardin des Pivoines ( the garden of peonies) as I would like to dedicate an entire article to my favorite flower…. stay tuned!