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Paris Parks Gardens

Parc Monceau – a bit of England in Paris

Parc Monceau is a lovely little park in the 8th arrondissement. Slightly more than one-third the size of Luxembourg Gardens which was built to resemble the Florence gardens of Catherine de Médicis' childhood, Parc Monceau is an English style garden.  This park has a less structured feel than the Luxembourg Gardens and I was ...

A Family Vacation- One Reader’s Trip

What an enchanting French family vacation this sweet couple has shared with me and I, in turn, am delighted to share it with you! Facebook brought us together and I'm delighted to be able to share some highlights from their vacation in France. After messaging me for ideas for a "non-touristy" vacation around Paris, they were ...

quaint streets in Paris

Quaint Streets in Paris

The lovely quaint streets in Paris that I discovered on our last visit will, I think, surprise you. Yes, Paris is filled with Haussmannian style buildings lining grand rues (streets) thanks to a public works program commissioned by Napoleon III. You truly get to appreciate the Haussmannian restructuring of Paris when viewed ...

wall for peace

Wall for Peace

Is it possible that the Paris Peace monument, the Wall for Peace, is the city’s most overlooked monument? Being so close to the Eiffel Tower, I expected to find more people, possibly even crowds but both times I visited the Wall for Peace there were only an handful of people exploring this unique ...

parc montsouris

Parc Montsouris

If you are looking for an English garden in Paris, look no farther than Parc Montsouris. Just hop on the RER B metro line, we started at Luxembourg Gardens, and go south to the Cité Universitaire stop. When you exit the metro station, don’t follow the stream of people across the street just yet but instead, turn right and ...

Paris Botanical Gardens

Paris Botanical Gardens

When a garden is almost 375 years old, I have to just stand in awe of it. I do well to get my lavender to live from one year to the next and plants in the Paris Botanical Gardens (Jardin des Plantes) in Paris have been around for centuries. I came I search of Jardin des Plantes because I had read that it was originally ...

Fountain of Innocents

What a beautiful square and what a beautiful fountain… the Fountain of Innocents (La Fontaine des Innocents). The square is huge and shaded and a wonderful gathering place. The breeze blows the fountain water so that you are quickly cooled and encouraged to sit and enjoy this place for a while with all the other people. But ...