On Sunday we went to discover the Jardin des Plantes. Although I’ve been living in Paris for years, this was the first time I set foot in the beautiful botanical gardens. The prune, almond and cherry trees were in full bloom and there were explosions of white and pink everywhere you turned!
We walked the length of the park then veered left to visit the ménagerie.
It is one of the oldest zoos in the world, which boasts over 2000 species. The smell of the zoo hits you before the entrance fee (10€/person, children under the age of 3 go for free). We were expecting to see elephants, giraffes, lions and bears (as stipulated in the brochure) but they were nowhere to be found! We followed the map provided at the entrance and happened upon munching yaks, playful orangutans and feline panthers. The wind started picking up and our little one was getting cold so after visiting the main areas of the zoo we decided to cross the road to the café of the Mosquée de Paris for a hot glass of mint tea and delicious sweets!