When you’ve had enough of watching monuments and feel like a break from the city, what better to do than go to a historical glass house with tropical plants and imagine yourself in a tropic jungle (with temperatures that go with it)? When I do not have time to take the train somewhere, this is a nice hide-away.
The mix of exotic botanica and the 19th century architecture make the Serres Botaniques a perfect aesthetic-romantic match. The glass houses are truly beautiful and only little speakers with scientists’ explanations on plants remind me of the area I live in. Also the place is usually is rather quiet, which adds to the pleasant escapist feeling I get when I go here.
For those truly interested in the origins and features of the wonderful plants, helpful explanations are given but unfortunately in French only. An artificial cave lets you climb up and enjoy the jungle from the perspective of a monkey that has climbed a tree.