Paris. The city of love- from what the movies tell us. Also the city of lights from what we learnt in class. I’ve always secretly wanted to be able to go there one day especially because I’m learning French, but secretly till now because I thought it was a bit too mainstream. However, finding out about the parks and recreational activities available in Paris (something that was an assignment) has made me realize how little I knew about the place, and now here I am telling the whole world the places I would want to visit should I go/ places people should definitely think about if they found themselves bored in Paris (which is highly unlikely)… so here goes!! My top five parks and recreational things in Paris.
- Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
This park is located in North-Eastern Paris, in the 19th arrondissement. It covers 61 acres and it is built on a former quarry- so it has varying levels and heights. Its main features are its caves, waterfalls the iron bridge, the special climbing wall near the Pirates cafe and the Temple de la Sybille, which was inspired by an ancient temple in Italy known as the Temple of Vesta. It also has 5.5 km of roads and 2.2 km of paths, exotic trees and many birds that enjoy the artificial lake in the park. The reason this is my number one choice is simply how big and beautiful and open it is. According to theguardian.com, it was built in 1867 under Napoleon III, who wanted the Parisian working class to get some fresh air.
- Disneyland Paris
Because who doesn’t love Disney, right?! It’s the home of magic. Disneyland Paris is found in Marne-la-Vallee, which is east of the center of Paris, and is 4800 acres large. I always wondered if the only thing to do at Disney theme parks was interact with cartoon characters, but I realized that there’s so much more to it. Disneyland Paris has 2 theme parks, 7 Disney hotels, a golf course, and other entertainment venues. So there’s plenty to do! Disneyland is expensive though. But because 2017 marks its 25th anniversary, they have amazing anniversary deals which you can check out on www.mirror.co.uk if you plan to go soon. You could even get 2 days and nights absolutely free!
- Jardin de Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens)
This garden was created way back in 1612 by Marie de Medici, who was the ( ), for Luxembourg palace. It is one of the most important historical gardens in Paris, and that’s why I like it enough for it to make it to my list. After the French revolution, spaces that were formerly reserved for the nobles became open to the public and that’s how this garden is now open to the public despite the fact that the senate meets in the palace. It is 23 hectares and has beautiful lawns, promenades with trees along them, flowerbeds, statues on pedestals and the Medici fountain. It’s a great place to relax.
- Parc Monceau
Situated in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, it covers 20.3 acres. The most interesting thing about this park is the assortment of random structures it has; tarmac trails, statues, a Roman colonnade, a miniature Egyptian pyramid, a Dutch windmill, a pond of water lilies, an Italian vineyard, a Temple of Mars, and I’ll let you discover the rest. You could also go pony riding in the park. It’s a great place to discover things for those who like a good adventure!
- Le Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil
Last but not least. For the nature lovers- this botanical garden is one of the four maintained by the city of Paris. It has a collection of plants (rare plants), an aviary and a palm house. It was created in 1761 when Louis XV was in power. The garden is open all year round and there are tours that are hosted there by the city of Paris, and annually, there is a classical music festival that is held in the garden.
So, these are the places I think you really need to check out if you find yourself in Paris. Have a great day!
Somi Elsie 🙂
(All photos retrieved from Google search)
For further information about parks in Paris, feel free to check out francetravelguide.net