wet day 1        tuileries 5

Even the best known Paris parks and gardens have surprising, quiet corners.  It has taken me a while to get to know and like the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Jardin des Tuileries.  Visiting the first on a wind-swept day in early spring and the second on a sunny Sunday afternoon didn’t help the process.  They are both impressive on first encounter but more likable when you get to know them.

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teasels x        jardin des plantes spring

The Jardin des Plantes has a long history, some great trees, colourful summer bedding and a huge variety of plants.  There’s something of interest at any season of the year.

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buttes chaumont x       parc George Brassens x

To my mind, Parc des Buttes Chaumont is worth a special detour while Parc Montsouris and Parc George Brassens are places to visit if you happen to be in the area.  All three have interesting histories and much to offer the present day visitor.

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       parc andré citröen 3

For a park with more contemporary design, head to La Villette in the 19th arrondissement or Parc André Citroën in the 15th.

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For the best panoramic views of Paris, plus street art and cats, try Parc de Belleville.

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vincennes lake       gunnera etc.

       

And finally, two parks (or woods) with something for everyone, the Bois de Vincennes (with the Parc Florale) at the eastern edge of the city and the Bois de Boulogne at the west.