It’s often said that in comparison with cities like London and New York, Paris is severely lacking in green space. And while this may well be true, beautiful parks and gardens are there to be found, if only you know where to look… One such example of a beautiful Parisian Park is Parc Monceau!
With the rain waters of the recent floods finally receding and the summer weather that June promises finally in Paris, it was time to venture out and find a quiet spot to read a book (and maybe eat an ice cream or two)!
A quick google search showed that Monceau Park is a beautiful gem in the very heart of the 8e arrondissement of Paris. The nearest metro stations are Malsherbes (line 3) and Monceau (line 2). The park itself is an oasis of green in the heart of the city. There are few tourists there and it’s a place where real Parisians go to escape the hustle and bustle of daily city life.
History of Parc Monceau
Created in 1778 by Phillip D’Orleans, Duke of Chartres (a wealthy cousin of king Louis XVI), the medium sized park is filled with grottoes, follies and meandering rivers crossed by elegant bridges. Unusually for Paris and even France, much of the garden has been created in an ‘English‘ style. The original garden featured a Dutch windmill, a Roman colonnade, an Italian vineyard, a grotto and a mini Egyptian pyramid. Many of these features are still present today!
Sat on a small bench to myself, near a particularly beautiful water feature, it was easy to forget that I was still in the very heart of one of the World’s most visited capital cities. You could barely hear the distant buzz of traffic noise amidst the calls of local wildlife and families enjoying a day out in the sunshine.
It’s the perfect place to read a book, eat a picnic, go for a walk, or even smell some roses…
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