"Parks, Parks, Parks!" Parc Monceau Tip by wandering360
Parc Monceau, Paris: 10 reviews and 27 photos
In addition to the usual sites, many tourists include a visit to the Jardin des Tuileries and/or the Jardin du Luxembourg... but if one has a bit more time and willing to travel a few extra minutes away from the first few arrondissements, there are some very lovely, tranquil parks. Here are three of my favorites:
Parc des Buttes Chaumont (in the 19th arrondissement) has a lovely lake and a 20m waterfall along with a tower which affords a great view of Sacré Coeur. (Métro Buttes Chaumont, of course...but also perhaps Métro Laumière since it is on the a single metro line to/from Sacré Coeur / Montmartre) You may stumble upon people taking wedding photos there.
Parc Monceau is situated in what appears (at least to me -- due to its gold gilded gates) to be an affluent part of the 8th. It hosts an Egyptian pyramid and a tranquil pond surrounded by Corinthian pillars. (Métro Monceau)
Parc de Bercy (in the 12th) is a huge 14 hectare area and apparently is actually 3 separate, connected gardens.
And right in the heart of the city, there are two smaller tranquil areas which are ideal for a break in between the hustle and bustle of museums, etc. They're both on the Western tip of Île de la Cité -- on either side of the statue of Henri IV at Pont Neuf: the Square du Vert-Galant and the Place Dauphine.
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