October is fairly sunny in Paris, and a good place to take a walk is the Jardin des Plantes, the largest botanical garden in France, located in the city center on the south bank. It is been open to public since 1640, at that time it was known as Jardin du Roi (king’s garden), and it is still very popular, for you can choose here between several activities : There is a botanic school, and an alpine garden.
You can visit paleontology, mineralogy and entomology museums.
At the end of central alley stands the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution.
There is also a small zoo founded in late XVIIIth century to put in animals from the Versailles Royal Menagerie.
You don’t need to take an entrance ticket to have a look at the lovely wallabies.
It’s definitely a great place for kids.
A fierce junk dragon, made out of smashed cans and plastic bottles, mounts guard next to the gate, belching forth a transparent plastic bags flame.
And children can also ride fantasy animals in the garden merry go round.
But it’s also a great place for lovers and solitary dreamers.
You can even get lost for a few seconds before you reach the top of the small romantic labyrinth.
Jardin des Plantes, 75005 Paris, entry place Valhubert, rue Buffon, Metro Gare d’Austerlitz, Batobus Jardin des Plantes, rue Cuvier Metro Monge and rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Metro Monge or Censier d’Aubenton. Open everyday 7.30/20. Information desk at place Valhubert entry. Tel : 33(0)1 40 79 30 30 (answering machine) 33(0)1 40 79 30 30, 33(0)1 40 79 54 79.
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