"Parks, Parks, Parks!" Parc Monceau Tip by wandering360

Parc Monceau, Paris: 10 reviews and 27 photos

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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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  • Updated Nov 15, 2011
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