Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

I’ve been to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden some two week-ends ago, after two or three years! I used to love it so much, and I still do. It is so peaceful and so, ‘royal’! Like it is in those old french movies. 😉

However, I was very disappointed to see the state it is now in. There’s an air of neglect. It used to be so lush, vibrant and beautiful!

I did not go around the whole garden (It is immense!). But there is this pond, my favorite corner of the garden, that’s covered with water lilies, the famous amazon lilies. A true delight. At least it used to be.

Here is a picture of how it was before (found via google)

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See how green and beautiful it is? Even though this picture does not do it proper justice! When it is right before your eyes, it is something else.

Now, here’s a picture I took:

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It is sad, isn’t it? 😦 It has lost its magic. I am hoping it is a seasonal thing, though I doubt it. I remember well when I was little, it was always the same beautiful pond all year round.
I suppose the authorities, or whoever in charge of the garden, will say that there is not enough funds for the proper maintenance of the place.

Anyway, I keep fond memories of the Pamplemousses garden: Various school and family outings. I hope it will still be in a good state for my kids to enjoy! 😛