Recently I discovered a tree that has been living in Paris for over four centuries. Planted in 1601, this Robinier (from the acacia family) was brought over from America by Jean Robin, the king’s gardener, and has lived just across the road from Notre Dame ever since.
Although it looks slightly wonky, and is now supported by concrete posts, this venerable old tree is lovingly cared for by the municipal gardeners. If you’re visiting Notre Dame, pop over the road and go and see it, it’s located in a tiny square just in front of the church of St Julien le Pauvre and there are plenty of benches where you can sit and relax and muse on all the history that this amazing tree must have witnessed.
- Square René Viviani – Montebello, 75005 Paris