The final post in my Paris series is another short walk in the 5th Arrondissement, taking in the markets and food shops along Rue Mouffetard en route to the Jardin des Plantes, a 400-year-old garden of science.
Our walk began at the Fountain of Guy Lartigue after exiting the Metro at Les Gobelins a short stroll away. First had to be the Rue Mouffetard market and a look at the lovely buildings in this area.
At the far end of the road we reached Place de la Contrescarpe and turned right onto Rue Lacépède. Crossing over Rue Monge, a busy road, we continued along
Rue Lacépède, stopping every now and then to photograph interesting shops and buildings. The lovely wrought-iron balconies a particular favourite of mine.
Practically at the end of the road we turned right again along Rue de Quatrefages as we were keen to have a look at the Grand Mosque of Paris along this street. The marble mosque with ornate square minaret, emerald-tiled courtyard & gardens, is rather beautiful. You could also go on guided tours, but we didn’t have time to do that and I’m not sure these are available today.
Opposite the mosque is a lovely little garden with a marble fountain.
We turned left onto Rue Daubenton alongside the mosque and entered into the Botanic Gardens or Garden of Plants – the literal translation from the French.
There is a Natural History Museum and the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology just inside the gates and also a zoo. We simply strolled through the gardens looking at the many sculptures and looking for flowers, of which there were few. Not quite like Kew Gardens in London.
There are two magnificent iron structured glasshouses that were unfortunately not open to the public.
Getting weary at last, we left and made our way to Place Monge to get a metro train back to Place d’Italie where we were staying for the week.
I hope you have enjoyed my reminisces of Paris. It is certainly a city that offers a lot more than the usual tourist places if you seek them out. The next city I will be having a closer look at is Lisbon in a couple of months time.