The best places to enjoy a walk in Paris in the springtime
1. Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
2. Luxembourg Gardens
Pull up a chair and enjoy the sun!
3. Tuileries Gardens
Do like the Parisians do, buy a baguette sandwich and a patisserie (or a hot chocolate at the nearby café Angleina if you’re feeling a bit chilly) and head for a stroll in the Tuileries.
4. Jardin des Plantes
6. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
In the middle of the lake stands a rocky island. It reveals the romantic Temple of Sybil, which occupies the exact location of the former open-air quarry. It is a replica of the Tivoli temple, designed by the architect Davioud in 1869. This temple can be accessed by the “suspended footbridge” on one side, and on the other by a stone bridge.
Place Armand-Carrel, 75019
7. Parc Monceau
The park is unusual in France due to its “English” style: its informal layout, curved walkways and randomly placed statues distinguish it from the more traditional, French-style garden. It includes a collection of scaled-down architectural features, or follies – including an Egyptian pyramid, a Chinese fort, a Dutch windmill and Corinthian pillars.
Parc Monceau includes statues of famous French figures including Guy de Maupassant, Frédéric Chopin, Charles Gounod, Ambroise Thomas, Alfred de Musset and Edouard Pailleron.
Today the park has play areas for children and remains very popular with local residents and their families. The site is an active free wi-fi area for computer users looking for internet access.
Parc Monceau is open daily from sunrise to sunset, with extended hours in the summer months. There are nine gated entries that are monitored by a fifth-generation park watchman who lives above the royal rotunda at the north entrance.