Parks, Gardens, & Squares, Paris
The most impressive thing about Paris, though it is a large city with many people and buildings, there is never a shortage of areas like this dedicated to beauty and art. It seems to add to the experience in a way that is quite unique. I wish that more cities could understand and appreciate this concept! What a Chamber of Commerce idea!
This was located just off of La Defense and easy walking distance from the hotel. Don't ask me what it's supposed to represent as I suppose that is up to each person to interpret in their own way... I just know that it was interesting and a pleasure to find and can be found throughout Paris!
The place to relax, especially on summer months when the garden looks like a beach. People are everywhere taking their sunbathe.
Fondest memory: "Le jardin du Luxembourg
Ça fait longtemps que je n'y étais pas venu
Il y a des enfants qui courent et des feuilles qui tombent
Il y a des étudiants qui rêvent qu'ils ont fini leurs études
Et des professeurs qui rêvent qu'ils les commencent
Il y a des amoureux qui remontent discrètement
Le tapis roux que l'automne a deroulé devant eux
Et puis il y a moi, je suis seul, j'ai un peu froid" (Joe Dassin)
The garden of Luxembourg
It is a long time since I had come there
There are children who run and leaves which fall
There are students who dream that they finished their studies
And professors who dream that they begin them
There are lovers who go inconspicuously
The red carpet spreaded out by the autumn in front of them
And then there is me, I am alone, I am a bit cold
I love parks & gardens, actually I'm from green city...
Two huges parks - Bois de Boulogne at the west of Paris and Bois de Vincennes at the east part - are saving parisians.
But there are a few famous gardens as Tuilleries or Luxembourg as well as less famous but also beautiful - the park of Monceau.
It's not raining all the time in Paris, so you can have a good rest in one of them, just find a suitable book somewhere in popular "Gibert Jeune" shop (la place St-Michel 5 arr. or Boulevard St-Denis 2 arr.) or somewhere at the second-hand book-sellers along the Seine...
My best way for respite
Favorite thing: Luxemburg is a marvelous garden of 22 hectares. Adjoining in the Palace of the Senate, constructed for Marie of Médicis, this garden to the French harmonizes between lines and perspectives. Centered on the central basin, he/it spreads until the Fountain of the observatory of Davioud. Since Louis - Philippe, numerous sculptures decorate the garden, most beautiful being the monument in Delacroix by Dalou. To see the fountain of Médicis of 1624, of Florentine style, also. Romantic, quiet and hilly to some places, this beautiful garden is the place ideal for the lovers, the children and the aged people. He/it is planted of various gases of which of beautiful plane trees of Orient and the walnut-trees of Caucasus. Numerous floral decorations are dispersed on the circular lawns. The palace is surrounded in summer with palms and massifs of rosebushes. Finally, a beautiful basin is placed in the center of the garden. The garden of Luxemburg offers numerous activities of leisures: playgrounds of ball and long palm, of croquet, merry-go-round of hobby-horses, swings, karting, theater of puppets, renting of boats, lands of tennis, sulky and cars to pedals, walk to back of donkeys and ponies, ferries to sand and playful spaces reserved to the children with a big variety of games. You will be able to find many kiosks of toys and sweet, of the barrooms, lounge of tea and a day care. Also signal that a space of chess games, ladies and bridge is present. The fact to observe the players (accustomed of the places) provokes a real pleasure. It makes us think about the old Paris where the inhabitants of the district met in the public places to play or to discuss of the whole days. The garden of Luxemburg is one of the more beautiful and romantic parklands of Paris.
On Jardins des Tuileries... We visited les Jardins after the exhibition at Louvres, my head still busy dealing with this "philtre" thingy. We were strolling in the park, enjoying it: the fountains, the benches and the statues. I found those statues beautiful. I especially like the women statues: round hips, some flesh on backside, some chin... You said "rubenesque" ?
It was at that moment when I said to my aunt and her bf: "Look ! This resembles Aunt My". Aunt My is another sister of my Mum. My aunt laughed, her bf too.. and she threatened to tell Aunt My about what I said. I thought it was a compliment to resemble those statues, but seems not. Oh well...
Fondest memory: Seeing statues of sensual and pulpy women in Paris parks and streets was nice and unusual for the Malagasy girl I was. Beauty everywhere. Things that Parisians don't notice anymore, they got used to it. But me, tourist, I noticed it, yes.
Again, as I said earlier, PDAs are not Malagasy's forte. Nudity either, at least not in the streets. You wouldn't find displayed, in Tana streets for instance, the sensuality of nude statues either. Sensuality, the charm of people lies in the reserve there. Yes.. I saw and learnt.
Favorite thing: There are so many options for eating and drinking in Paris, but one that deserves emphasis is picnics. On this day, we picked up cheese, fruit, bread, Orangina and some chocolates. We were staying on rue Cler, so were just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower and its huge park. We found a nice park bench and enjoyed the fine day, good food, people watching and this little beggar that was hungry enough to eat out of my hand. This is a great way to enjoy another dimension of Paris and there are so many wonderful parks and public places to picnic. Also, you are usually not far from some kind of store selling basic food items. The whole point is the picnic, not the cuisine although it is hard to beat a good baguette and good French cheese!
Some people (like me ;-) ) tend to walk around a lot because they want to see ALL the beautiful things. In the first place that's impossible. Even Guyon who lives in Paris discovers everytime new things. And in the second place you would miss the special atmosphere of Paris.
Just sit down for a moment in one of the beautiful parcs of Paris, watch the people walk by and relax!
Look at the picture what we saw when we sat down at the Jardin des Tuileries. Sweet!
This bustling square was once the site of the infamous Bastille, the prison which became the symbol of the French Revolution. On July 14, 1789, the people of Paris stormed the prison in protest, freeing the few remaining prisoners and getting away with ammunition, which fueled the beginning of the Revolution.
Today, all that remains of the prison is part of the foundation, visible down in the Metro. The Colonne de Juillet stands in the center of the square, commemorating those fallen during the battles of 1830 and 1848.
Fondest memory: After strolling through the little streets of the Marais, we entered the square from Boulevard Beaumarchais. Speeding cars, horns tooting, pedestrians running. It's a jolt back to present day following the old-world feel of its neighbor to the west.
Lots of shops, cafes, and movie theaters surround the square, as well as the Opera de Paris Bastille, a very modern marble and glass auditorium opened on the bicentenary of the French Revolution, July 14, 1989.
Favorite thing: first of all, stay in a hotel in the 1st arr, near the Louvre and the Tuilleries Gardens. Then be walking back to your place just as the waning sun is casting its last golden pinky rays across the *ciel*...the resulting display of painterly colors behind the Tuilleries ferris wheel...aaaah, can one describe this as *romantic*? I think so...
Favorite thing: I honestly don't know where this is except that it was on the way to the Louvre in a square before the park. Just thought I'd share this pic with you to show how cold I really was that day in February 2002. As I was telling someone earlier, if your blood's thinned by tropical fruit juice, 10c weather is cooooold!!!
Favorite thing: When i say I like my sculptures in a real setting, this is what i mean. The Medici Fountain in the Jardins de Luxemborg, surrounded by the cool greens and the murky waters below, took my breath away mroe than five Samothraces put together ever could.
Designed in Century XVII by André Lé Notre, who was Luis XIV´s royal gardener. It has a wide central avenue, with flowers and plants - very few in my opinion - , surrounded by beautiful sculptures. The gardens run parallel to Rue Rivolí, and we can find in one of its extrems the Place de la Concorde and in the other, the Arch du Carrousel.-
Los jardines fueron diseñados en el Siglo XVII por André Le Notre, el jardinero real de Luis XIV. Posee una ancha avenida central,
con flores y vegetación muy cuidada y está rodeada de bellísimas esculturas. Los jardines corren paralelos a la rue de Rivolí y encontramos el Arco del Carrousel en uno de sus extremos y la Place de la Concorde, en el otro.-
Fondest memory: Go for a stroll through the gardens. You shoud sit near the fountain, to have a relaxing rest., with an excellent view.-
This picture was taken at 9:00 p.m.!!
Recorran los jardines. Vale la pena sentarse alrededor de la fuente a descansar un rato, y disfrutar de excelentes vistas de la Place de la Concorde.-
Exposed well, to flank of small hill, the garden of Belleville is very pleasant. One cultivates more there grapevine (as in Montmartre).
Fondest memory: Since the garden, one has a very beautiful view on the capital. Since the superior terraces the visitors have a vast enough vision of Paris: Defense, the Efeil tower, Notre - Dame, the Pathéon...
On a sunny Sunday, pick up a freshly-made sandwich and take yourself to the Luxemborg Garden to join Parisians in a quintessential relaxing Sunday of people-watching. Pretending to be reading is the perfect crime.
Fondest memory: Standing in the middle of Pont Neuf as soon as I arrive and the last thing before departure, just taking it all in.
Favorite thing: The Palais du Luxembourg lies at the western end of the Jardin du Luxembourg. Maria De Medecis had this palace and the gardens built to remind her of home. As if Paris didn't have enough things worth seeing! Nowadays it's the home of the French Senate.