The second stop on our trip was Paris, to visit the herbarium at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. We only had one day to spend there, and were able to be extremely efficient because the herbarium is so beautifully organized. Here is the entrance to the building housing the fern collections (Phanerogamie), and one of the aisles of cabinets in the herbarium.
After our single day in Paris we took a day-long train ride through France to reach Turin, in northwestern Italy. We visited another herbarium there before continuing on to Sestri Levante, on the Italian Riviera.