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Go green in Paris

04/04/2014

Read a book in the shade of a horse chestnut, go jogging or take a nap on a verdant space... There are so many green places to relax in Paris.

Spring has sprung in Paris. It is time for us to enjoy the green spaces Paris offers. Here is a focus on five gardens of Paris.

Jardin des Plantes
36 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire (5e), subway Place Monge (line 7)
Visitors have been coming to enjoy biodiversity for 400 years. It welcomes several buildings of the Natural History Museum of Paris ("Muséum d’histoire naturelle"), as well as a zoo.

Coulée verte
From Opéra Bastille near viaduc des Arts until Porte de Montempoivre (12e)
This bucolic, 4.7km long path goes through the whole 12th arrondissement. It is located on a former railroad track. Sometimes at 7m high, the path provides us an original viewpoint on the streets.

Parc Monceau
35 boulevard de Courcelles (8e), subway Monceau (line 2)
The garden pays tribute to artists. Parisians can walk by many marble statues of famous writers and musicians, such as Maupassant, Chopin, Musset... French painter Claude Monet got inspired by this garden on five of his paintings. There are tremendous plants in this park, especially a sycomore maple tree of 1853.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
1 rue Botzaris (19e), subway Botzaris (line 7 bis)
Forme open-cast quarry, the steep paths of the hillock are full of surprises: a 32m waterfall, a cave with fake stalactites, a temple on an islet on a lake... The Rosa Bonheur open-air cafe welcomes you from Wednesday to Sunday, from midday to midnight.

Parc de Belleville
27 rue Piat (20e), subway Pyrénées (line 11)
There is a panoramic view of Paris from the 30m high patio of this garden. Some vine stocks remind us of the wine-making past of the hill. Visitors can enjoy 1000 square meters of accessible lawn and one of the biggest cascaed fountains of Paris.

Picture: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (c) Jean-Louis Vandevivère