Paris’s Good Luck Tree …

Having just learned that there is a tree which, when touched,will bring me years of good luck, I rushed there. Alas! It will not bring me good luck, and for that matter,it will no longer bestow good luck on anyone. The tree, probably having been touched by too many hands, and in danger of falling […]

Paris’s good luck tree ( cc Marilyn Z Tomlins)

Having just learned that there is a tree which, when touched,will bring me years of good luck, I rushed there.

Alas!

It will not bring me good luck, and for that matter,it will no longer bestow good luck on anyone.

The tree, probably having been touched by too many hands, and in danger of falling over, or worse, dying, are now closed off behind a fence!

But not only would the hands have been harming the tree, but so too its age, because this is the oldest tree in Paris.

Planted in 1601, it is all of 417 years old.

Good luck tree (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The tree a robinia pseudoacacia – a locust – grows (or rather stands, as I doubt that it can still be called a growing tree) on the small René Viviani Square. (René Viviani – 1863-1925 – was a Minister of Labour.)

The square is in Paris’s 4th arrondissement (sector), in the Latin Quarter, the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral a stone’s throw away on the other bank  of the nearby River Seine.

The tree was planted by Jean Robin (1550-1620) gardener to Louis X111 (The Just) King of France and Navarre from 1610-1643, and it was planted on an open area which would become a public park in 1928 when France was no longer a monarchy but a republic. The President then was Gaston Doumergue whose term in office had run from 1924-1931.

Louis X111 of France andNavarre

Before hands had become the trees enemy, so had been the Germans, as the tree was hit by a German shell during WW1.

Though the tree may no longer be touched, it can still be viewed and photographing it, even with a flash, is not forbidden. So, therefore do go and see it.

Today the tree is not only protected by a fence but it is also being held up with concrete pillars.

I will give you a tip:

What I did when I could not touch the tree, was that I touched the tree growing beside it.

Who knows, trees might communicate (Prince Charles once said that they did) and the one I had touched  might have said to the other: “Hi listen, chum, this lady who has her hands on my bark right now badly needs some good luck, so come on, do your good luck thing for her!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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