Wednesday, April 13, 2011


April in Paris is almost synonymous with the blooming of flowering chestnuts, like these young trees in front of the  administrative building of the Musée du Quai Branly, also known as the Musée des Arts Premiers. The museum is dedicated to the primitive arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

The vertical garden, created by botanist and researcher Patrick Blanc in 2006, has become one more must-see landmarks on Paris streets, and is practically at the feet of the Eiffel Tower. More than 15,000 plants colonize the vertical surface of the building.

un marronier:  a chestnut tree

En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil; en mai fais ce qu'il te plaît."  In April, don't remove a thread (of clothing); in May do as you please. That is to say, better not count on warm weather until the month of May.

Text & photos ©2011 P.B. Lecron

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