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At the Parc du Palais Royal in Paris

Paris (France). When spring comes, people leave their homes and populate parks and gardens. This happens more or less everywhere in the world (at least, in those places with a certain difference between seasons), and I think this is something that goes far beyond the simple need of sun and fresh air. There’s a sense of “sharing a common place” in it, something that brings people closer, reducing their distances and – at my eyes – creating a better environment. This photo has been taken in Paris, at the Parc du Palais Royal, but it could easily be a park in London, Milan or New York. This old woman was so concentrated on her book, that she even did not notice me (and my camera). And I think that this photo, without her reading a book on the bench, wouldn’t have been the same.

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Giardino dell’Orticultura (Greenhouse)

Florence (Italy). I was a baby when I used to spend part of my afternoons at the Horticultural Garden (Giardino dell’Orticultura) in Florence. At those times, two things were capturing my attention – so much that I still clearly remember them. The first one was an old parked locomotive: I cannot count how many hours I spent climbing it and dreaming of being a railwayman. The second one was the huge and abandoned greenhouse, with broken glasses and in very poor conditions. Tonight I passed in front of the Horticultural Garden and I noticed – what a beautiful surprise! – that the greenhouse had been perfectly renovated and is now brightly illuminated. While I was capturing this image posted here, somehow it was for me like jumping onto a time machine: my mind was brought back to those times when I was playing there with some other children (so many years ago) and I realized that photography is a great tool to surf the time back to old memories…

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Giardino dell’Orticultura (Interior of the Greenhouse)

Florence (Italy). I was a baby when I used to spend part of my afternoons at the Horticultural Garden (Giardino dell’Orticultura) in Florence. At those times, two things were capturing my attention – so much that I still clearly remember them. The first one was an old parked locomotive: I cannot count how many hours I spent climbing it and dreaming of being a railwayman. The second one was the huge and abandoned greenhouse, with broken glasses and in very poor conditions.

Time ago I passed in front of the Horticultural Garden (I already posted a photo about it) and I noticed – what a beautiful surprise! – that the greenhouse had been perfectly renovated and is now brightly illuminated. While I was capturing this image posted here, somehow it was for me like jumping onto a time machine: my mind was brought back to those times when I was playing there with some other children (so many years ago) and I realized that photography is a great tool to surf the time back to old memories…

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Winter Morning at the Jardin du Luxembourg

Paris (France). A morning walk around the Jardin du Luxembourg during an amazing sunny winter day.

I love this garden, not only because it was realised thanks to Maria de’ Medici (granddaughter of Cosimo I and therefore member of the wealthy and powerful House of Medici, as well as Queen of France as the second wife of King Henry IV of France) but also because in her intentions, the idea was to replicate the Boboli Garden behind Palazzo Pitti in her native Florence.

In 1611 Maria de’ Medici purchased the Hotel du Luxembourg to build a palace inspired by the Pitti Palace. The following year after, 2,000 elm trees were planted and a series of gardeners, including the Florentine Tommaso Francini, were invited to build a park in the style she had known as a child in Florence.

In the following centuries, the garden went through several transformations, including the sale of one of its portions for real estate developments (Louis XVIII, 1780) and new expansions, such as the one during the French Revolution.

Today is definitely one of the nicest spots for a walk in Paris (much less crowded than the Tuileries) especially during a winter sunny morning in December.


Parigi. Passeggiata mattutina in giro per il Jardin du Luxembourg, in una splendida giornata di sole invernale.

Mi piace molto questo posto, non solo perchè fu realizzato grazie a Maria de’ Medici (nipote di Cosimo I e quindi membro della ricca e potente casata dei Medici, oltre che Regina di Francia in quanto seconda moglie di re Enrico IV) ma anche perché nelle sue intenzioni l’idea era quella di replicare il Giardino di Boboli dietro Palazzo Pitti nella sua natia città di Firenze.

Nel 1611 Maria de’ Medici comprò l’Hotel du Luxembourg per iniziare a costruire un palazzo simile a Palazzo Pitti. L’anno successivo, 2000 olmi furono piantati e una serie di giardinieri, tra i quali il fiorentino Tommaso Francini, fu invitata a costruire un parco nello stile che ricordava dalla sua infanzia trascorsa a Firenze.

Nei secoli successivi, il giardino andò incontro a diverse trasformazioni, inclusa la vendita di una sua parte per sviluppi immobiliari (Luigi XVIII nel 1780) e nuove espansioni, come quella avvenuta durante la Rivoluzione Francese.

Oggi è decisamente uno dei posti più piacevoli per una camminata a Parigi (molto meno affollato di Tuileries), specialmente durante una mattina invernale a Dicembre.

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