GO: 1,001 ORCHIDS

Mille et une orchideesAs is typical with fickle Parisian weather, we got a taste of le printemps at the beginning of the week, only for it to be taken away by the weekend with a light blanket of snow. But while the sun was shinning and temperatures were rising, everyone flocked to the closest park to take advantage of this welcome burst of blue skies. I myself chose Jardin de Luxembourg; I was in the area and have a soft spot for those reclined metal chairs that I hunt down like a hawk. The sun-drenched park was a beautiful sight, but I couldn’t help but miss the usual flurry of flowers that covers Luxembourg when its “real” spring.

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It’ll probably still be a while before we see nature in full bloom around here, but while you wait out the last of winter, why not get an early taste of warmer days at the Jardin des Plantes? Starting this weekend, and lasting until March 18, a thousand orchids from around the world will fill their tropical greenhouse. The exhibition will include some of the most beautiful and rare orchids – a treat for experts and amateurs alike (personally, I know next to nothing about flowers, so this is a welcome opportunity). A few orchids from Auteuil’s greenhouse and the Senat’s collection, normally kept guarded guarded from the public, will even be on display. A rare occasion indeed!

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The exhibition “mille et une orchidées,” from February 22 to March 18 in the tropical greenhouse of the Jardin des Plantes.
6€ entry, open every day from 10h to 17h.
57 rue Cuvier, métro Gare d’Austerlitz.

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