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ripening grapes in the Loire

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Paris Honey Festival

fete des jardins posterParis is proud of its gardens and hosts an annual Garden Festival Fete des Jardins 24-25 September 2016 with a main base in the Parc de Bercy, but also in many other locations in the metropolis.

On the same weekend there is an annual honey festival in ParisFête du Miel au jardin du Luxembourg 26-27 September 2015

The Luxembourg gardens in Paris can offer a welcome and peaceful respite from the frenzy of the great city, covering some 34 hectares of carefully laid-out gardens with a pond and theatre.

Fete du miel posterMany apple varieties grow in the orchards on the south side, and bees have produced honey in the nearby Rucher du Luxembourg (apiary) from the 19th century. The beehives have been in the garden since 1856. And as expected in Paris, the hives are fit for a queen. Each wooden hive has its own copper roof. The bees even have their own fountain to quench their thirst. The French capital has been pesticide free for over ten years now. So not only are these bees happy to be surrounded by acacia trees, lavender and chestnut trees, they are healthy too. You can get a diploma in bee keeping at the apiary school located in the garden.

The gardens surround the Palais du Luxembourg, built in the 1620s for Marie de Médici, Henri IV’s consort. Since 1958 the palace has been the base for  the Sénat , the Upper House of French Parliament.

paris metro logoMetro: RER B : station Luxembourg-Sénat 6e arrondissement.

For more on the Paris Garden Festival see Fete-des-Jardins-a-Paris

For more info on the Paris Honey Festival see www.la-sca.net

Hotel les Bulles de Paris

You could stay at a Champagne-inspired hotel near the Luxembourg gardens – Hotel Les Bulles De Paris – with designer rooms with champagnes from around France as well as the hotel’s exclusive champagne. A sweet and savoury breakfast buffet is taken in the dining room that features a sparkling chandelier. (Bulles = bubbles)

Embedded image permalinkSunday 27 September 2015 is also a traffic-free day in Paris – an initiative from the Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo – Journée sans voiture will make the French capital “a pedestrian and bicycle paradise” for one day – see www.paris.fr