Category Archives: parks and gardens

Quiet Places in Paris: The Swiss Valley

Quiet Corners of Paris: The Swiss Valley One of the pleasures of wandering around Paris is finding small squares and gardens in unexpected places. These quiet green spaces add another dimension to this beloved city, which can feel frenetic and over-run … Continue reading

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Sculptures in the Tuileries Gardens

The Welcoming Hands 1996, in the Jardin des Tuileries since 2000, by Louise Bourgeois Bronze patine, granite The Tuileries Garden, one of the oldest public gardens in Paris, always impresses visitors with its orderly design along the city’s historical axis, … Continue reading

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Jardins Éphémères, A First in France

In the summer of 2016, Vannes had a wonderful garden series, called Jardins Éphémères (Ephemeral Gardens). When we first walked into the old walled city from our hotel just outside the city walls, we noticed a pocket-sized patch of greenery … Continue reading

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Brittany’s Hydrangeas

Brittany’s Hydrangeas (les hortensias in French)—Gardener’s Delight (un hortensia in French) Bold, Bright, Beautiful Gardens in France, whether private or in parks, are gorgeous, always with masses of flowers of all kinds. We discovered that French gardeners are fanatic about … Continue reading

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“Animal” Art in Garden near Gare de lest

Garden in Saint-Laurent Square As is so often the case in Paris, you’ll unexpectedly come across a small green space, tucked between larger buildings. Such is this one—just a block and a half down from Gare de L’Est is the … Continue reading

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Parc Monceau; Another Paris Jewel

Paris’s Parc Monceau What a gorgeous green space—another in Paris! Locals love it and you see relatively few tourists here. This 8.2 ha park, first laid out in 1769 by the Duc de Chartres, with garden designer Carmontelle, is in … Continue reading

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More Forbidden Lawns

A Light-Hearted Look At Signs (These found in Paris) As I wrote once before, it’s sometimes hard to know which public lawns one can walk/stand/sit on in France, and which not. There doesn’t always seem to be a logical reason … Continue reading

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