Saturday, June 20, 2009

Jardin Ephémère 2009


Amazing what they do in front of the Hôtel de ville (town hall)! You may remember the French tennis Open recently, or the ice rink last winter, now they installed a giant temporary garden (un jardin éphémère) like last year, and the year before. This time, I found it a little less impressive (there is no pond!), but I suppose it's still interesting if you're into all these gardening stuff  (I'm not, I'm a city boy, LOL!). Everyday you may even want to talk to some Paris gardeners (there are many many!) as they organize little gatherings to answers Parisians' questions. Isn't that cool?

30 comments:

  1. It is very cool. I think Bertrand Delanoe is one of the best mayor Paris has ever had.

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  2. June 20th

    Happy Birthday Coltrane!

    Nous te souhaitons un joyeux anniversaire
    nos voeux de bonheur profonds et sincères
    Beaucoup d'amour et une santé de fer
    Un joyeux anniversaire
    Nous te souhaitons un joyeux anniversaire
    Pour que t'aies tout bon pour l'année entière
    la réussite et la joie que tu espères
    Un joyeux anniversaire

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  3. Is it your birthday, Coltrane ?
    yeah ! Joyeux anniversaire... [drumrolls] ;-)

    Eric, you should come and spend a few days in the Val de Loire in June. You will learn to love gardens ;-)

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  4. By the way, I posted Coltrane's birthday... Lol. Let's party!

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  5. Not ANOTHER Bank Holiday weekend in Paris surely??

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  6. Hi!
    Nice to see you :d
    How are you?

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  7. I think I've seen a plant in your apartment though Eric? Oops! ;)

    Happy Birthday Coltrane!

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  8. Lovely scene, Eric.

    Coltrane, Happy Birthday!!!

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  9. I should think it very relaxing & soothing to see such a garden in Paris.
    A few days ago I watched a television article about a garden built in front of city hall in San Francisco. The one who began it is Alice Waters the owner of Chez Panisse. She is completely interested in fresh foods & is all she uses in her restaurant. A link: http://www.chezpanisse.com/
    I always like your photos!

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  10. Happy Birthday, Coltrane.

    If you need help figuring out how to celebrate, one of those farmers in front of le Hôtel de ville might give you some suggestions on how to raise some Cain. But I’m pretty sure you have a green thumb enough in that regard. Hope tomorrow morning doesn’t find you too green around the gills, though.

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  11. A garden grows in Paris! Lovely photo, green things growing! It reminds me of the gardens in Boston when I was young that people grew along the highway and in the Fenway. They called them "Victory Gardens" even though the war was long over...LOL.

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  12. Lovely photo! I like the scarecrow as a special touch. Some people are planting small gardens in front of their houses around here this year, due to the economy, I think.

    Happy birthday to Coltrane!

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  13. Gardens are such a wonderful connection to our earth. The whole cycle of life is contained within them. I hope you overcome this phobia and learn to love a plant someday, Eric.

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  14. A gorgeous photo. I love gardens and I fell in love with Paris 5 years ago when I stayed for a all too brief visit (only 5 days sob sob)
    Thank you for sharing all your great photos of your beautiful city. I'm off to look back at the archives now to get my fix until I can return to Paris. :)

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  15. That scarecrow works? I think so, since Eric has been hiding behind the bush so that he don't see him. ;)
    Happy Birthday to Coltrane!

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  16. I think the scarecrow is just a little freaky.

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  17. No, Sue! No Bank Holiday this time (sigh!).
    Next one is July 14th...

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  18. Is the pond omitted because of a weak economy? Maybe not, but that would be the blame in the U.S.
    Scarecrows in Paris.....who'da thunk it?

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  19. Sue "Not ANOTHER Bank Holiday weekend in Paris surely??" Nope. This time I actually had top take a day off! LOL

    So Coltrane, this is your birthday... Happy anniversaire, mes wishes les plus sincere... How is that for a Franglais birthday message?!

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  20. Thanks for showing us the yearly jardin ephémere! Like you, I don't garden, but I'm always glad when someone else does.

    Coltrane -- Happy B-day, cher ami! If you don't get that new set of Gretsch drums as a gift, maybe you can improvise.

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  21. I think I'd be right at home in this garden Eric! I would have enjoyed the skating rink too ...

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  22. Happy b'day dear Coltrane!
    I think Guille's B'day is coming up soon, too.


    I saw the workers getting the area ready while in Paris, but didn't know or get a chance to see the area when finished. Thanks for keeping us current, Eric.

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  23. Merci for the birthday wishes. I'll be spending my eve with Victor Lewis (amazing NYC drummer) and his jazz quintet...a great way to celebrate another year passing. Our jazz trio is the opening act for a fundraiser...followed by Victor's group "The Bill Wimmer Omaha Project". A perfect day I'd say. ;-)

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  24. Lynn, we'll be in Lincolnland, NE...well, time to hit the road! Ciao all.

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  25. Nice idea! Diversity in using public spaces is one of the facets of a good city.

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  26. Where is your Iranian protest pictures ?? Must be one , at least ;-))

    ==Alaska

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