Tropical air in Paris

Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil Paris

Yesterday we enjoyed the springy weather and headed to the 16th arrondissement of Paris to visit Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil, one of Paris’ botanical gardens. I’ve had this visit planned for a long time now and finally had a good opportunity. I’m not a big fan of the 16th district as it can be a little dull, but since we took the bus to Eglise d’Auteuil and walked towards the garden through Rue d’Auteuil, I was positively surprised. The street is very cute, like walking in a little village. Closest metro is Porte d’Auteuil, only a few hundred meters away from the garden.

Jardin des serres consists of several greenhouses that present different climates and flora from all around the world, you can take a walk in New Caledonia or in Sahel. The best thing was the main greenhouse with tropical temperature. The humidity and warmth was so good for my flu that has bothered me the whole week. Finally I found a place in Paris where you can breath easily! If my husband wasn’t sweating too much inside I would have stayed there for hours… There are also fish in pools and tropical birds whose singing adds to the jungle like atmosphere, very pleasant, even if it always makes me sad to see birds in captivity.

Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil Paris

They have also the cutest flower distributor… Not sure if it really worked though.

Flower distributor Jardin des Serres Paris

We were smart to buy lunch baguettes on the way and ate them in the garden outside enjoying the sun. We were not the only ones, it was a perfect spot for the first picnic lunch of the season. The garden is situated close to the périphérique, the Paris ring road, and the surroundings are unfortunately a bit noisy. But inside of the serres it is heavenly peaceful and even the small yard in the middle of the greenhouses is quite calm.

Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil

I definitely recommend to visit this place, perfect to take in some tropical air in the midst of February!

Brunching in Barbes

Brasserie Barbes Paris

It’s been a while since I wrote something on the blog, it’s been hard to find motivation lately. It’s been still cold and grey in Paris, so basically I have been spending most of the time indoors. If I have dared to venture outside, it’s straight from place A to place B. Meanwhile we have also celebrated a wedding in Tunisia and for work I have traveled to Alger, the rest of the time I’ve been pretty much curled up on the couch. Needless to say I have a lot of Netflix recommendations, currently I’m hooked on the American Crime Story. That O.J Simpson case is fascinating. To my defense, I’ve also managed to almost complete a course in Coursera, after all you can do this also from your couch, not disturbing the hibernation.

Yesterday we ventured bravely out and headed to Barbes, a previously threaded neighborhood in Paris were you can easily buy illegally imported cigarettes or even drugs (they say, I’m not buying of course). I needed to fix my Samsung’s screen that went black and my trusted (ok the cheapest), phone repair shop is in Barbes. In one hour they fix everything and you end up paying way less than in official repair (in your face corporate giants who always find a reason why your guarantee does not apply). Already last time while visiting the area I noticed that bobo Parisians have adopted Barbes, the eventual destiny of all formerly shady neighborhoods, and a new brasserie has opened in the corner just outside the metro station. As we had one hour to wait for my phone to be fixed, we went to test it.

Brasserie Barbes

Brasserie Barbes was a nice experience all in all, service was very friendly and the brunch formula, 18 euros for a few salty pieces that was sufficient for lunch and dessert pancake, was not too bad at all. Food was not exceptional but correct, we both enjoyed the meal. Other than brunch they have a traditional bistro menu with sandwiches, salads, burgers and a few other dishes. Best thing was nice decoration and cozy atmosphere, there is even a fireplace, you’re lucky to get a table in front of it on a cold winter day.

Brasserie Barbes Paris

Since we were already in the North of Paris far from our hoods, we went to check Pavillon des Canaux as I had red about an exhibition “Gueules de Parisiens” that was going on in there. The exhibition itself turned out to be pretty small, but the place was the cutest! The pavillon has two floors and several rooms that are decorated in different random styles, you can even enjoy your coffee or beer in a bath tub in a decorated bathroom. I will definitely come back to sit on a terrace when the weather gets better, they also do brunch in the weekend.

Pavillons des Canaux Paris

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Gueules de Parisiens

To end the city day well, we headed to movies to see the Moonlight in MK2 in Stalingrad. The movie theater is actually in two buildings on the opposite sides of the canal and there is a small ferry ride between them. No need to say I’m always excited to take this ferry to the movies! Moonlight was worth watching, after napping a bit in the beginning of the movie (oops) the rest was captivating.

MK2 in Stalingrad

The weather is supposed to get better next week, I’m looking forward to end the winter hibernation period and discover more things in Paris! Have a nice Sunday you all xx