Grande Mosquée de Paris

The Grande Mosquée de Paris (Great Mosque of Paris) is located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris and is one of the largest mosques in France. It was built in the Moorish Revival architecture style and inaugurated in 1926.

Above, 33m-high minaret.

Above, main entrance.

Above, garden of the mosque.

Above, prayer room.

Above, mosque library.

Above, in the garden.

Above, Mémorial du soldat musulman (Memorial to Muslim soldiers).

Above, north-African restaurant inside the mosque.


Parc de Sceaux

The Parc de Sceaux is a large park located south of Paris. It used to belong to Jean-Baptiste Colbert, who served as Minister of Finances of France under King Louis XIV. The park has a castle (Château de Sceaux), built in the 19th century, and an expansive garden designed by André Le Nôtre.

Above, Grand Canal.

Above, castle.

Above, main entrance.

Above, Pavillon de l’Aurore.

Above, Cascades. Unfortunately, the fountains were not working while I visited: They start only at 11am, which I didn’t know….

Above, Octogone.

Above, runners along the Grand Canal.

Parc de Saint-Cloud

The Parc de Saint-Cloud is a large park near Paris. It is located on the site of the Château de Saint-Cloud, a residence of royal and imperial families since the 16th century and destroyed in the 19th century. It has both a French and English-style garden, as well as a rose garden.

Above, Grand Fontaine. Unfortunately, it was not running when I visited.

Above, Bassin des Carpes.

Above, Bassin du Fer à Cheval.

Above, map of the park.

Above, French formal garden.

Above, path in the forest.

Above, Bassin des Chiens.

Above, stairs to a viewpoint and an English-style garden.

Above, Seine.

Above, rose garden.

Above, périphérique.


In mid-April, I went to the Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest flower gardens, near Amsterdam. It is only open for 2 months every year (from mid-March to mid-May). It was a bit too early for tulips during my visit but the park has many other types of flowers.

Above, entrance.

Above, Oranje-Nassau pavilion.

Above, view of the flower fields near the park.

Above, sheep inside a petting zoo.

Above, windmill.

Above, view from the windmill.

Above, in the Japanese Garden.

Above, Beatrix Pavilion.

Above, on the boat going around the flower fields. I thought it was not very interesting (the boat does not go around the park, just to the flower fields nearby).

Above, posing for wedding photos.

Above, flower show inside the Willem-Alexander pavilion.

Above, inside the Beatrix pavilion.

Above, flower Van Gogh .