It was deathly hot in Paris when we were there, a far cry from the cool weather we had just come from in Normandy. Before meeting up with a friend one day, we strolled in the Jardin des Plantes, where we hoped to visit the natural history museums there. Of course, being Tuesday, the museums were closed. We had to content ourselves with walking around the park menagerie, and catching glimpses of the animals that were on the topmost branches of their enclosures, like a some red pandas.
I do wish I thought to take some more pictures of this lovely park, but I was too busy taking the sights in to think of taking out the camera! There are so many paths to take, and so many enclaves tucked away in the park, we kept coming across amorous couples. We also came across a more formal display. The local firemen, who part of the French military, were rehearsing for a change of command ceremony.
To cool off from the scorching heat, my husband suggested we go to the Mosquée de Paris, where, not only is there one of the largest mosques in Europe, but also a spa and cafe. It certainly does feel a bit like entering into paradise one you pass the entrance. Intricate decorations and free-flying birds are everywhere. I enjoyed my thé à la menthe immensely, and savored this little oasis.