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Les Jardins en Vacances

As I was walking around my garden this morning, checking out the blossoms after being away for a week, I realized how very large my garden is by European urban standards. While I blog about a small urban garden in Denver, my garden is enormous by Parisian standards. The typical European apartment buildings are 5 stories and include a ledge on which residents place plants.

Typical Parisian Apartment

As we were walking about Paris, especially in the morning, a couple of times we got “showered” by someone watering their plants out the window above us. One evening while sitting in a cafe, I noticed a man carrying a large pot and an obviously heavy bag into his apartment building across the street. I assumed there was dirt in the bag. Then a few minutes later, I saw him walk by again, carrying a plant. For those who do all their shopping by walking, it was several trips to buy a new pot, dirt and plant for his apartment window ledge. But the desire for beauty and color is in all of us, regardless of culture, so the Parisians enjoy their window ledges, cut flowers and public gardens.

Larger Apartment Gardens

I also took a day trip outside of Paris to Giverny, where Monet spent the last part of his life. His home and gardens were the subjects of many of his paintings, such as the famous water lilies. These pictures are just a sampling of the sites in Monet’s garden.

Approach to Monet's house

Water Lilies in Monet's Garden in Giverny, France

Wherever your summer travels take you, whether it’s to another country or just another part of town, enjoy the beauty of summer and the various ways people integrate flowers and plants into their daily lives.

Flower Shop, Paris

Jardin du Luxumbourg, Paris

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  1. * Beth Vogt says:

    Thank you for the beautiful glimpse of Paris–and your vacation!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago
  2. * Karen says:

    Ahhh Paris! Simply beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing Carla!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago
  3. * Heather says:

    beautiful, carla. i’m going to get out my pics of paris when mark and i were there around 2001 (??) i haven’t looked at them in ages.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago

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