Hôtel de Noirmoutier

On the second day of the Heritage Day week-end, I went on multiple visits. I started the day at the Hôtel de Noirmoutier, a mansion from the 18th century that now serves as the residence of the Prefect of Paris.

Above, already a long line a little after opening.

Above, garden.

Above, dining room.

Above, wood carving illustrating one La Fontaine’s Fables.

Above, entrance gate.

Headquarters of the French Communist Party

The European Heritage Days (Journées Européennes du Patrimoine) take place every year on the 3rd week-end of September. The programme was started in France in 1984 and offers opportunities to visit buildings and sites which are not normally accessible to the public. A lot of monuments are open in Paris and the most popular ones (like the Palais de l’Elysée or the National Assembly building) can get really crowded.

This year, on the first day, I went to visit the headquarters of the French Communist Party, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the 1960’s. The building is located Place du Colonel Fabien, in Paris.

Above, there was a photo exhibition in the main hall.

Above, meeting room under the white dome.

Above, on the terrace.

Above, Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre.

Above, skyscrapers of La Défense.

Above, Eiffel Tower.

Above, Tour Montparnasse.

Above, artificial beehives.

Above, underground cafeteria.

Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is a large botanical garden located in central Paris. It also has a small zoo (Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes).

Above, central alley with the Grande Galerie de l’évolution of the National Museum of Natural History in the background.

Above, greenhouse.

Above, passage to the Alpine Garden.

Above, Alpine Garden (Jardin Alpin).

Above, pavillon at the top of the labyrinth.

Above, Grande Galerie de l’Evolution.

Above, line for the Museum of Natural History.