Montreal Botanical Garden

The Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin botanique de Montréal) is a large botanical garden located in Maisonneuve Park near the Olympic Stadium and Biodome. It has a number of thematic parks, including a Japanese garden, Chinese garden, First Nations garden and Alpine garden.

Above, photo of the Botanical Garden and Parc Maisonneuve from the Montreal Tower observatory.

Above, Insectarium near the entrance.

Above, entering the Japanese garden.

Above, Peace Bell.

Above, toro stone lantern, with the inclined Montreal Tower in the background.

Above, zen stone garden.

Above, bonsai exhibition in the pavilion.

Above, pond in the First Nations garden.

Above, Alpine garden.

Above, paper lanterns in the Chinese garden.

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Mount Royal

Mount Royal (Mont Royal) is a small mountain in Montreal, immediately west of downtown. It is the site of Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and the city’s largest park.

Above, Mount Royal seen from the observatory of Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie. The Belvédère Kondiaronk, on the left, offers a great view on the city. The Mount Royal Cross can be seen on the right.

Above, path to the chalet and its Belvédère, coming from the campus of McGill University.

Above, walking up Olmsted Road (Chemin Olmsted), the main path to get around the park.

Above, squirrel.

Above, view on Downtown Montreal from the Belvédère Kondiaronk, near the chalet.

Above, the Chalet du Mont Royal near the viewpoint.

Above, inside the Chalet.

Above, I left the Chalet to walk a loop around the top of the mountain.

Above, Mount Royal Cross.

Above, back at the Belvédère.

Above, I later came back to Mount Royal, this time walking from Saint Joseph’s Oratory.

Above, Beaver Lake (Lac aux Castors).

Above, enjoying the sunlight at the end of the day.

Above, antenna at the summit of Mount Royal.

Above, Mount Royal Cemetery.

Above, at the Belvédère Kondiaronk, waiting for the sunset.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river in the background.

Above, Place Ville-Marie in the center.

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.

Lac Daumesnil (Bois de Vincennes)

Lac Daumesnil is an artifical lake located in Bois the Vincennes, in east Paris.

Below, the lake in spring.

Above, coot.

Above, Temple of Love.

Above, grotto below the Temple of Love.

Above, swans.

Below, the park in late fall.

Above, feeding the birds.

Above, group of geese.

Above, pavilion of Cameroon built for the Paris Colonial Exhibition in 1931. Nowadays, it is a Buddhist temple (Pagode du Bois de Vincennes).

Above, Temple of Love on Island of Reuilly.

Above, duck.

Below, the lake in late summer. The path was infested with runners so I didn’t stay long that time.