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Spring has Sprung with Jardins, Jardin

Spring has Sprung with Jardins, Jardin

Jardins, Jardin is a unique event in the heart of Paris.  Locals and visitors get to squeeze as much as possible about gardening into a long weekend.  The nonprofit l’Association Jardins, Jardins, in partnership with the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens, puts on this amazing plant show right in the middle of the Tuileries.  For the 15th annual event in 2018, both professionals and lovers of urban gardens and outdoor design convene here to learn and share information and new ideas about gardens, plants, landscape design, the environment and more.

Professionals, Garden Lovers and Casually Interested

The official website claims 24,000 visitors to the 30 artistic displays that create huge gardens spaces, balconies and terraces.  Professional landscape designers and new talent create these installations for public view.  They range in size from about 500 square feet to over 2100 square feet.  The garden spaces are astounding!

Plus, there are 100 vendors who display and sell garden art, books, furniture, plants and everything to do with gardens.  Think you may need an urban hen house?  Maybe take a look at the farm life you can have on a less-than-backyard scale.  What about water fountains for your courtyard?  See ones like you have never seen before.  Pots and garden statuary, lighting and irrigation, all like you have never imagined.

Here are some of the exhibitors:  Mama Petula, Les Fermes de Gally, la Ferme de Saint Denis, Horticulture et Jardins, Aquaphyte Design, Stèphane Cachelin et ses Chapotelets, Olive Delanoy, Botanique Ėditions, C’juste, Hortus Focus and many more.

Turning the Tuileries into an Exhibition Hall

It is really an extraordinary feat to make this experience happen in the middle of historic gardens originally created by Marie de Medici in the 1500s.  Above all, Jardins, Jardin claims to be a laboratory of ideas with experimental work and ideas to exchange.  Innovation is encouraged and rewarded with prizes.  The event is respectful of the past in Paris, but looking toward the future – and we all get to benefit.

Along with garden installations and shopping, Jardins, Jardin features workshops, demonstrations, family activities and enjoying the beauty outdoors in Paris Spring time.  Even more, eat from a Parisian food truck!

Jardins, Jardins

What makes it special:  Living creations by famous and regular gardeners that push the boundaries of gardening.
Where:  Tuileries
Nearest Métro:  Place de la Concorde, Tuileries, cross over the Seine from Musée d’Orsay (also RER C at Musée d’Orsay)
When:   May 31 – June 3, 2018
Open:  10am to 7pm


Tickets On Sale Now for the Louvre’s Exhibition – Delacroix

Tickets On Sale Now for the Louvre’s Exhibition – Delacroix

The Louvre is putting on a blockbuster show devoted to Eugène Delacroix. The exhibit will be the first retrospective since 1963. His monumental paintings are what he is most known for.  And many of them are hanging in the Louvre now. Delacroix came to epitomize the French Romantic movement with his canvases that inspire.  They can evoke strong feelings by viewers.  Consequently, the painting shown above was removed from public view. During the politically charged times, it was thought to be too inflammatory .  Seems like it was a successful painting!

The exhibition should be quite wonderful for fans of Delacroix.  Here is the Louvre’s announcement of the exhibition:

“In partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in spring 2018, the Musée du Louvre will be hosting an exhibition dedicated to the artistic career of Eugène Delacroix. For the first time since the 1963 exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of his death, this event will pool over 180 artworks by the artist, including a large number of paintings: from the young artist’s big hits at the Salon of 1820 up to his final less known and mysterious religious and landscape compositions.”

The exhibition will showcase the tensions that formed this artist. First of all, he strived for individuality. 16th- and 17th-century Flemish and Venetian artists inspired Delacroix. The installations and information provided will provide insight into his long, rife, and diverse career.

Visitors will have the chance to familiarize themselves with this engaging character. Delacroix was infatuated with fame and devoted to his work. Delacroix was curious, critical, and cultivated. Certainly, he was a virtuoso writer, painter, and illustrator.

Buy your tickets directly from the Louvre.  The Louvre is a favorite site!

! Update ! – for those of you traveling to New York City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting this exhibition from Sptember 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019.  Get your tickets directly from The Met here.

Delacroix (1798–1863)

Where:  The Louvre
Arrondissement:  1st
Nearest Métro:  Two stops serve the Louvre.  Exiting at Louvre-Rivoli, you will be at the eastern-most end of the Louvre.  Exiting at Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre, you will be closer to the pyramid entrance and very close to the entrance at the Passage de Richelieu (if they will let you in) and the entrance through the Carousel de Louvre – kind of underground shopping area that leads you to the main entrance under the pyramid.
When:  March 29, 2018 to July 23, 2018
Admission: €15 (permanent collections + exhibitions)
Opening hours: Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday
Hours:  Wednesday – Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays
Also closed:  January 1, May 1 and December 25
Official website:

Olympics 2024 in Paris

Olympics 2024 in Paris

On your mark… Get set……. GOOOO PARIS 2024 Summer Olympics!


In Lima, Peru, the International Olympic Committee announced the host of the XXXIII OLYMPIAD 2024 is Paris.

One hundred years after Paris last hosted the Olympics, the City of Light will host the world once again. And, it will be the third time for the city – Paris also hosted the games in 1900.

“Today I am delighted to invite you to join the great family of Parisians, a family which belongs to the world,” said the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, as she announced the Olympics in Paris.  “With this team, I am very proud and moved to bring the Games back to Paris. At the heart of these Games, we will place young people, who represent our present, our hope and our pride.”

Are you ready to start planning?

No time like the present, or so the adage goes.

The Olympics are a huge draw for visitors from around the world.  So, put your thinking cap on. These are some of the venues for the jeux olympiques d’été de 2024 (Summer Olympic Games 2024).

Of course, road cycling down Champs-Elysée (where the Tour de France ends each year.)Near the Eiffel Tower and the Seine participants will run marathons, race walk, and endure the Olympic triathlon.

Can you imagine the Olympics in Paris??  Sand fields will be erected in the Champ de Mars for beach volleyball. And, what will be behind and in front of spectators and athletes alike? The Eiffel Tower!!

Fencing and Taekwondo in the halls of the Grand Palais – imagine the light!  Across the Seine will be archery on the esplanade of the Invalides – at least there is plenty of room to avoid being skewered.  And, the Seine will host all of the socializing a person could handle.

Are you getting the idea?  Kind of a big triangle of the 7th arrondissement with a Champs-Elysées hatchet handle???  Meaning, anywhere the 7th will be a popular spot during the Olympics.  And, it may be long walks, but one could walk.

But, wait there’s more….

Paris and the nearby suburbs will be alive with activity

Depending on your proclivities, head to AccorHotels Arena (f/k/a Bercy Arena), the Stade de France (in Saint-Denis) for track and field events – and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies!!!

Stade Roland Garros will host the tennis, mais bien sûr!!!  (But, of course! It is the home of what we call the French Open.)  Travel to the Chateau de Versailles for equestrian events, how appropriate.  Bicyclers?  Head to the Velodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

Football anyone (that is soccer for us Americans)?  Stake your claim on a seat at the Parc des Princes.

Are you wanting to catch your favorite athlete in a candid moment?  Maybe L’Île-Saint-Denis is the place for you.  The island will be home to the Olympic Village and all the athletes.  Probably why they have it on an island – hard to get to, easy to secure from roving tourists.

Want an adventure outside of Paris for the Olympics? 

The only sailing in Paris is by toy boats in the garden fountains.  So head to the old port of Marseille for sailing.  Take the train to Biarritz for surfing (let’s go now and wait for them to get there!)

How about the Paris Marathon? Get inspired to run it, watch it, and support green Paris.

And many more!  There are so many games and venues, who can keep track of them all?

More posts to come.  Don’t worry about how to get around during the busy Olympic schedule.  Who knows, maybe you will take an electric car and just hop in?