Thursday, November 17, 2011

Paris park, square Louis XIII

Description of the paris park "square Louis XIII"

In the XVIIth century, the place was the busiest of Paris, and was renamed "place des vosges" in 1799.
The first park built on this place were destroyed under the French revolution and built again in the XIXth century.

Today the square Louis XIII has an area of 12,706 square meters ans is located in the center of the Place des vosges.

In the square, there are 4 fountains and an equestrian statue of Louis XIII.
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The fountains are fed by the Canal de l'ourcq and were built by the sculptor Jean-Pierre Cortot. As well as the statue which is a work of Cortot from a model of Charles Dupaty, and was installed in 1825.
You can also admire some crimean linden trees on the outskirts and some horse-chestnut trees on the center.



Location of the square Louis XIII

The square is located on the 4th arrondissement of Paris, place des Vosges.

How to get to the paris park

To go to the square, you can use the Paris metro line
-Chemin vert station (line 8) or
-Saint-Paul station (line 1)

Paris park "square Louis XIII map

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Paris park, square Jean XXIII

History and description of the Paris park "Square Jean XXIII"

The Archbishop's Palace was situated on a land alongside the Cathedral Notre Dame until 1830 and was destroyed and replaced in 1837 by a garden.
The square was completed in 1844 and is located at the edge of the "Ile de la Cité", behind the apse of the Cathedral Notre-Dame.

The paris park welcomes several trees (cherry trees from Japan, Turkish Hazel, spruces, tamarixs, chesnut trees, a Hungarian oak...).

In the center of the paris park, there is the Fountain of the Virgin, a neo-Gothic work from the architect Vigoureux and the sculptor Merlieux.

Paris - Île de la Cité: Square Jean XXIII - la Fontaine de la Vierge
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You can also admire the statute of Carlo Goldoni, an Italian playwright.

Location of the Paris park "Square Jean XXIII"

The park is located on the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the Park

You can use the Paris metro line 4 cité station to reach the square.

Entrance fee

The park is a free admission paris park.

Paris park "Square Jean XXIII" map

Friday, October 28, 2011

Musée guimet

The Musee Guimet (or the "Musée National des Arts Asiatiques") was inaugurated in 1889, and built by Emile Guimet a French industrialist.
Nowadays, it's more focus on the Asian Art collection.

In 1991, "the Panthéon bouddhique", a museum located on one of the wing of the Museum Guimet, opened, it gathers all the original arts of Emile Guimet from his travel to China and Japan.

The Musée National des Arts Asiatiques is rich of Oriental Artwork collections, like sculptures, painting, masks, statues, porcelain, jewelry...
It presents arts from the South-East Asia, India, Tibet and Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Musée Guimet proposes workshops of Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, as well as other workshops of Asian culture. It has a large library dedicated to Asian Art and a temporary exhibition hall ( temporary exhibitions and occasionally contemporary works of art).

It's is located on the 16th arrondissement of Paris, you may take the Paris metro line 9, Iéna station.

The museum is open every day except on Tuesday and some public holidays (January 1, May 1, December 25, from 10am to 6pm.

It's free admission (permanent collections) for those under 18 years old, and 26 years old for European residents, as well as on the first Sunday of the month.
Also, you can use the Paris museum pass to visit the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques.

Musée Guimet map:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Musée des arts décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, in the Marsan aisle of the Palais du Louvre.

The museum shows a nice overview of the evolution of furniture, graphic arts, jewelry, glass, ceramics, upholstery, beds, lounges, sculpture...since the Middle Ages up to the present.

It opened in May 1905, and presents 6 000 objets to the public (among 150,000 design objects), and while strolling you can see ancient and modern pieces.

Here is a highchair from the sculptor Jean Dampt (1854-1945, it was built in 1897.

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The Musée des Arts Décoratifs also highlights several chairs from the past, with different designs and trends.
From the top floor, there are a wonderful view of Paris and the Jardin des Tuileries.

The museum is a national museum so the entrance is free for young under 18 years old (under 25 years old for the residents of EU) as well as free for everybody on the first Sunday of the month.
The opening hours are:
-From Tuesday to Sunday: 11am to 6pm
-On Thursday: until 9pm (only for temporary exhibitions)
-Closed on Monday

The Paris metro line 1 station Palais royal is the best way to reach the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Paris museum list

Above is a list of some Paris museums.

Paris houses several museums with different themes, some museum are local museums (under the responsibility of the City hall of the district in which they are located), some are national museums and the others are private institutions.

Some are free-admission museums, whereas for some you have to pay an entrance fee.

-National museums are free every first Sunday of the month. They are closed on Tuesdays and some holidays.
-The 14 museums depending on the different district of Paris are open every day except on Monday and public holidays
In the majority of them, the permanent collections are free-entrance, whereas there is a fee for the temporary collections for teens and adults above 13 years old.
The exception are the Catacombs, Crypte archéologique du parvis de Notre-Dame, Museum Galliera, a fee is required at the entrance (above 13 years old).

Paris museum list (1st-3rd-4th-5th-6th district of Paris)
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-Musée du Louvre
-Musée des Arts Décoratifs
-Musée de la Publicité
-Musée de l'Orangerie
-Musée des Arts et Métiers
-Musée Picasso
-Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
-Musée Cognacq-Jay
-Musée national d'art moderne-Institut du Monde Arabe
-Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
-Musée Zadkine
-Musée de la Monnaie

Paris museum list (7th-8th-9th-12th-14th district of Paris)
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-Musée du Quai Branly
-Musée de l'Armée
-Musée d'Orsay
-Musée Rodin
-Musée Cernuschi
-Musée Jacquemart-André
-Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
-Palais de la Découverte
-Musée Grévin-Musée des Arts Forains-Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain

Paris museum list (15th-16th-18th-19th district of Paris)
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-Musée Bourdelle
-Musée Pasteur
-Musée Marmottan
-Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires
-Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet
-Musée de Montmartre
-Espace Dali
-Halle Saint-Pierre
-Musée de la musique
-La Villette
-Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
-Cité de la Musique

This Paris museum list is far from being exhaustive.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Paris park "Parc Montsouris"

History and description of the Paris park "Parc Montsouris"

Before being called, "Parc Montsouris" the place was occupied by the quarry of Montrouge.
The park was built under Napoleon III who wanted to create parks and gardens in the 4 cardinal points of Paris.
The baron Haussman was in charge of the works, with his team the engineers Alphand and Darcel as well as the horticulturist Barillet Deschamps (the same team who built the square des Batignolles, the parc des Buttes-Chaumont , the parc Monceau...).
Alphand designed the park which was inaugurated in 1878. The little mice that lived on the quay of the Bievre, at the foot of the mills, gave their name to the park (souris=mouse).

The Parc Montsouris has an area of 16ha.
It is also decorated with several sculptures made between 1878 and 1960 ("Mort du lion" par Edmond Desca (1929), "Premier frisson" de René Baucour (1921), "Thomas Paine " par S. Borglum (1934)...

The fauna and flora rich and diversified, with ducks, swans, nuthatches, tits, crows...cedar of Lebanon, ginkgo biloba, chinese parasol tree...the majority of the trees of the park, is more than 100 year-old.
The Paris park houses the meteorological observatory of Montsouris, and a 5m high dark stone obelisk with a large circular opening on the top.
Across the bridge (beyond the RER line), there are also an artificial lake of 1 ha.

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Location of the Paris park "Parc Montsouris"

The park is located on the 14th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the Park

To go to the Paris park, you can use the Paris rer B, station cité universitaire.

Entrance fee and opening hours

The park is a free-admission park, the opening hours are 8:00am on the week, and 9:00am on the weekend.
The closing hours depend on the season, around 5:30pm on the winter and 9:30pm on the summer.

Paris park "Parc Montsouris" map

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Paris park, Parc de Bercy

History and description Paris park "Parc de Bercy"

The Paris park "Parc de Bercy" is located on former wine warehouses (entrepôt de Bercy), this place was the largest mondial center of wine trade in the XIXth century.
The activities of the warehouse began to drop in the 20th century with the destruction of the fortifications of Thiers (1920-1929).

Today the park reaches an area of 14ha, one of the largest of Paris.
The Parc de Bercy is formed of 3 parts: the "Prairie", the "Parterres", and the "Jardin Romantique".
*The Prairie (the Meadows) is a large area with large trees.
*The Parterres (the flowerbeds) is dedicate to plants (a garden, an orchard, an orangery, a greenhouse, garden bulbs, a vineyard, a rose garden...).
The rose garden houses 100 hundred selection of roses.
*The Jardin romantique (Romantic Garden) is the most famous among the three, with 3 fishponds with ducks, pines, well, an island on a small lac (Maison du lac-Lake house)...
Near the exit, a small dune was constructed, it can be reached either by stairs or by a spiral path.

Location of the Parc de Bercy

The Parc de Bercy is located in the 12th district of Paris.

How to get to the Paris park

You can use the:
-Paris metro line 6 Bercy station
-Paris metro line 14 Bercy or Cour Saint-Émilion station.

Entrance fee and opening hours

The opening hours are 8am on the week, and 9am on the weekend.
It's a free-admission Paris park.

Paris park "Parc de Bercy" map


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Paris garden "Jardin de Reuilly"

History and description of the Paris garden "Jardin de Reuilly"

The "Jardin de Reuilly" is the largest Paris Garden of the 12th arrondissement, after the Bois de Vincennes and the Parc de Bercy.
The building ended in 1995, on the former classification yard of Reuilly, located in the district of Reuilly.
Today, the garden has an area of ​​15,200m² and is located in front of the town hall, avenue Daumesnil.

It's halfway on the route of the promenade plantée (on the wooden bridge above the Jardin de Reuilly).

A large semi-circular lawn (4,200m2), slightly hilly, forms the major part of the garden.
Many small theme gardens make it up: ferns, bamboos, roses, rhododendrons, euphorbia, heather ...

You can find also, several trees, a water mirror, a zone reserved for the natural flora, playgrounds for children, as well as 4 statues (3 of them are naked women).
Since september 2010, a fountain with sparkling water as well as tap water is offered freely to the public.

The Jardin de Reuilly is also one of the four greenspace located on the route of the Promenade Plantée, with the square Hector-Malot, the Jardin de la gare de Reuilly and the Square Charles-Péguy).

Location of the Paris garden

It's located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, in front of the town hall.

How to get to the Jardin de Reuilly

You can use the Paris metro line:
-Paris metro line 6 Dugommier station.
-Paris metro line 8 Montgallet station.

Paris garden "Jardin de Reuilly" map

Monday, October 3, 2011

Paris park, Parc Kellermann

History and description of the Paris garden "Parc Kellermann"

The Paris garden "Parc Kellermann" is the largest garden in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, its area equals 5.6 ha.
The garden was built on a portion of the old fortifications of Thiers that stretched over nearly 33 kms (20.5 miles).
This typical Paris garden of the 30s, located between the "boulevard Kellermann" and the "boulevard périphérique", was built in 1937 and refurbished in 1960.
It has 3 levels with a river, a pound and waterfall, and two stairways which lead to the terrace.
The garden has also several playgrounds, a soccer (football) field and tennis courts.

Location of the Parc Kellermann

The Park Kellermann is located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris

How to get to the Paris garden

To go to the park, you can use the Paris metro line 7 Porte d'Italie station.

Entrance fee and opening hours

The park opens at 8:00am on the week, and 9:00am on the weekend.
Its closing hours depend on the season. It's a free admission garden.

Paris garden "Parc Kellermann" map

Square Saint-Lambert, Paris park

History and description of the Paris park "Square Saint-Lambert"

The Square Saint-Lambert was built in 1933, on the site of the former gas factories of Vaugirard. Those factories was stretch on an area of 6 ha.
The Square Saint-Lambert, the buildings around the Paris park, and the Camille See high school replaced the plant.

Today, the square has an area of 2ha (20 745 m²), with two large lawns surrounding a pond with fountains.

Deux cubs (Victor Reter-1928):

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Dog (René Paris-1928):

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A bas-relief (Auguste Guénot en 1939)

Location of the Square Saint-Lambert

The square is located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the Paris park

To go to the square, you can use the Paris metro line 8 Commerce station

Paris park "Square Saint-Lambert" map

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Paris garden, Jardin Atlantique

History and description of the Paris garden "Jardin Atlantique"

The Jardin Atlantique is a Paris garden built above the railways station of Paris- Montparnasse.
The hanging garden, unusual and futuristic, was built in 1994 with an area of 3.4ha (34 200 m²). It's surrounding by buildings.

The Garden is built on the theme of ocean (waves wavy, masts, floating ...), with a playground focus on this theme as well as the central lawn.
In the central lawn, there are two rows of trees, from countries located both sides of the Atlantic.

In the center, there is the fountain of "l'île des Hespérides" dedicated to the sky.

The Paris garden houses also a fitness area, tennis courts, table tennis.
Facing the garden, there are the Memorial du Marechal Leclerc de Hauteclocque and the Museum Jean Moulin.

Jardin Atlantique from above
Credit photo:Slazebni

Location of the Jardin Atlantique

The Jardin is located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the Paris garden

To go to the Paris garden you can go by the Paris metro line:
Line 4, line 6, line 12 or line 13- Montparnasse-Bienvenue station.
Line 13 -Montparnasse station or Gaîté station.

It's also the terminus of the bus 91.

Paris garden "Jardin Atlantique" map

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Paris park, Parc André Citroën

History and description of the Paris park "Parc André Citroën"

The Parc André Citroen, named after a french industrialist, was built on the former site where was located the Citroën car factory.

The park has an area of 14 ha and was inaugurated in 1992.
In the park, you will find a huge balloon, which is the major attraction. Paris visitors can enjoy the park by taking a ride at 150 meters above Paris.
The park also hosts two huge greenhouses with exotic and Mediterranean plants, as well as several thematic gardens (Jardin Sériel).
Water is omnipresent in the park, with a large canal and water-jets.

Location of the Paris park

The park is located in the XV arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the Parc André-Citroën

You can use the Paris metro line 8 Balard station.
A second choice can be the Lourmel station (Paris metro line 8).

You can use the Paris rer line C, Boulevard Victor station.

Opening hours of the Paris park

It's a free-admission park, the opening hours are:
at 8am on the week and 9am on the weekend.
The closing time depends on the season:
from 5:45pm (winter) until 9:30pm (between May and august).

Paris park "Parc André-Citroën" map

Friday, September 23, 2011

Paris park, Parc Georges Brassens

History and description of the Paris park "Parc Georges Brassens

Until the end of the XIIIth century, the hamlet Vaugirard housed the vineyard Perichot.
It was replaced, in the XIXth century by markets gardening, and from 1894 by the slaughterhouses.
When the slaughterhouses of Vaugirard was destroyed in 1974, the place became a park. It was designed by the architects Alexandre Ghiulamila, Jean-Michel Milliex and the landscape designer Daniel Colin.
The Parc Georges Brassens (8.7ha (87,000M2)) opened in 1985 and kept some architectural elements from the past:
-like the two sculptures of bulls (Auguste Cain, 1821-1894), located on both sides of the entrance, which originally adorned at the Trocadero garden.

or -the former Auction building of the slaughterhouse of Vaugirard

as well as the "Hall of horses" that was the point of sale of horses for the slaughterhouses.

Location of the Paris park

The parc is located on the XV arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the of the Parc Georges Brassens

You can use the Paris metro line:
Line 12 Convention station.
Line 13 Porte de vanves station.

Opening hours of the Park

The park opening is 8am during the week and 9am on the week-end.
The closing hours depend on the season:
-between 5:30pm and 9:30pm.

Paris park "Parc Georges Brassens" map

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Parc de Bagatelle, Paris park

History and description of the Parc de Bagatelle

The Paris park was built in only 64 days, after a bet between Marie-Antoinette (spouse of Louis XVI, the king) and the comte d'Artois ( who purchased the property in 1775).
It was designed by Belanger and built by Thomas Blaikie, in an Anglo-chinese style, typical of this time.

The park and the Château de Bagatelle barely escaped the destruction of the Revolution. It underwent multiple transformations, after this period.
In 1905, it was purchased by the City of Paris, and Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier was in charge of its restoration.
Each year, since 1907 "the rose bed of Bagatelle", an international competition of roses occurs, thanks to Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier.

Today, the Parc de bagatelle is an 24ha park (240,900 m2, opened in 1777.
From may to september, 10000 rosebushes offer a wonderful spectacles.
The park is closed to the Jardin d'acclimatation de Paris and the Jardin des serres d'Auteuil.

From the booth it's possible to see a part of the valley of the Seine and from the courtyard, in the left of the castle, we may see the towers of the Defense.

Chinese Pagoda in the square

Location of the Parc de bagatelle

The park is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.
The principal entrance is: Route de Sèvres-à-Neuilly, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16ème

How to get to the Paris park

You can use the Paris metro line, the closest is the
Metro line 1 Pont de Neuilly station , then bus 43 direction "Place de Bagatelle", arrêt "Place de Bagatelle" or walk alongside the "avenue de Longchamps".
Metro line 1 Porte Maillot station, then bus No. 244.

Entrance fee

It's a free-admission park except when there are temporary exhibitions (3€).

Paris park "Parc de Bagatelle" map

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge, Paris park

History and description of the Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge

In the 19th century, the Paris park was part of the extensive network of quarries of gypsum, which extended to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
After the First World War, the hill escaped extensive development work, which followed the demolition of the Thiers wall (was the last defensive wall around Paris and was destroyed between 1919 and 1929).

The Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge has an area of 4.7 hectares (47.000 m2) and opened to the public in 1939. It offers a wonderful clear view of the North-east of Paris.
The architecture is a neo-classic style, typical of the 30's, was designed by Leon Azema.

Inside the parrk there are 3 notable sculptures:
At the main entrance standing in a fountain, the statue "Eve" created by Raymond Couvègnes (1938).

A marble sculpture “Both” created by sculptor Eugene Dodeigne (1990)

"Two Women and a Child" created by Pierre Traverse (1938).

Location of the Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge

The parc is located in the XIX arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the of the Paris park

You can use the Paris metro line 7bis, Pré Saint Gervais station (closest).
You can stop at the Danube station line 7bis, also.

Entrance fee and opening hours

It's a free admission park, the opening hours are 8am during the week, 9am on the weekend.

The Paris park "Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge" map

Friday, September 16, 2011

The square Sarah Bernhardt, Paris park

History and description of the Square Sarah Bernhardt

The Paris park was name after the actress Sarah Bernhardt (la Dame aux Camélias, La Tosca, Jeanne d'Arc...); It was built in 1936, for some part of it on a former gas plant.

Today there are around 200 trees with 50 different species (Japanese sophoras, aucubas, forsythias, lindens, sequoias...) for a 12 874 m² area (1,28 ha).

The Obelisk in the square Sarah Bernhardt
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The obelisk is typical of the 30s. Around it, there are the heathland plants and perennials, and behind a large red brick shelter.

Location of the Paris park

The square is located in the XXth arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the square Sarah Bernhardt

You can use the Paris metro line 9, Buzenval station.

Paris park square Sarah Bernhardt map

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Square Edouard-Vaillant, Paris park

History and description of the Square Edouard-Vaillant

This Paris park was built in 1879, named after the surgeon Jacques-René Tenon (1724-1816) "square tenon", it was renamed "square Edouard-vaillant", named after a politician.
The square has an area of 8,085m² (0.8ha) and is located between the city hall and the hospital Tenon.

Bandstand in the square

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Léon Gambetta statue

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This large stone statue is the work of Jean-Paul Aube and Louis-Charles Boileau.

In addition to the statue and the bandstand, there is a nice winter garden, miniature replica of the large greenhouses of the Second Empire.

Location of the square

The square is located in the XXth arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the of the Square Edouard-Vaillant

To go to the Paris park, you can use the Paris metro line 3 or Paris metro line 3bis, Gambetta station.

Opening hours

The Paris square opens at 8am during the week and 9am on weekend and public holidays.
The closing depends on the season and month of the year.

The Paris park "Square Edouard-Vaillant" map

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jardin naturel, Paris garden

Description of the Jardin Naturel

The Paris garden "Jardin Naturel" recreates the natural environment of the Ile-de-France region (Paris + suburb).It was created in 1995.
This garden of 6300 square meters (0.63ha) houses native plants, often unrecognized.
The City uses maintains a balance to save those plants more and more rare, by using some gardening technique (compliance with the cycles of vegetation, conservation of litter sizes kept to a minimum, chemical treatments excluded, regular mowing removed).

A stairway leads to the upper promenade, with a terrace revealing a panoramic view of the garden. At the foot of the staircase, there are some large limestone. They were chosen in memory of those extracted from quarries here in the 19th century.
On the terrace, next to the guard booth, an open shelter houses temporary exhibitions.

Location of the Paris garden

The Paris garden is located "rue de la réunion" in the XXth arrondissement of Paris.
It's close to the "Cimetière du Père Lachaise".

How to get to the Jardin Naturel

To go to the Jardin Naturel, you can use the Paris metro line 2 Alexandre Dumas station.

Entrance fee and opening hours

It's a free admission garden.
The opening hours are:
-8am on the week
-9am on the weekend and public holidays.
The closing hours depend on the season.

The Paris Garden "Jardin Naturel map

Monday, September 12, 2011

Paris Square (the square séverine)

Description of the Paris square, the square séverine

The square Séverine, created in 1933, has an area of 23,537m2 (2.35ha).
It's is a pretty steep park which houses a wide variety of trees as the weeping Elm, European nettle tree, copper beech, Judas tree, ginkgo, tulip tree...
The square is located in the XXth arrondissement of Paris. It is elevated, with sloping lawns and green terraces.
It has several recreational areas and games for all ages such as a playground for children, a sandpit, a skatepark, table tennis, a sliding area and an auditorium...

How to get to the square Séverine

To go to the Paris square, you can go by the Paris metro line 3, Porte de Bagnolet station.

Opening hours

The square opens at 9h30am.
The closing hours depends on the season, it can be between 5pm (winter) to 8h30pm (from May to August).

The Paris square Séverine map

Jardin Tino Rossi

Description and History of the Jardin Tino Rossi

During the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, Parisians was gathering on the shore of the "Quai Saint-bernard" to bathe.
In 1861, there were 7 cold thermal baths and 4 hot thermal baths on the Seine, and 107 thermal baths in the capital.

Between 1975 and 1980 the Quai Saint-Bernard, was transformed in a garden. Since 1980, the garden houses the "Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air" (the Museum of outdoor sculpture). The Jardin is alongside the Seine and the quai Saint-Bernard and is a 3.16ha park.
To access the Jardin Tino Rossi you need to use the stairs, in front of the Arab institute. Those stairs lead towards the "Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air". Several sculptures of contemporary sculptors are presented such as Brancusi, César, the museum.

From the garden there is a wonderful view of "the cathedral of Notre-Dame-de Paris", l’"Ile Saint-Louis" and the "Seine"; it offers a pleasant walk and various leisure activities.

How to go to the Jardin Tino Rossi

To go to the park you can use the Paris metro line 7 ou Paris metro line 10 Jussieu station .

Another alternative is to take the Paris metro line 5, the Paris metro line 10, Gare d'austerlitz station .

Opening hours

The garden is open 365 days a year.

the Jardin Tino Rossi map

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin Luther King, Paris park

The Parc Clichy-Batignolles-Martin Luther King is a greenspace of 4.3ha. This Paris park was created by the Landscape architect Jacqueline Osty with her team, since 2004.
It opened in 2007 for the public.
The goal is to reach a 10h park, which is schedule for later.

Clichy-Batignolles Park comes around three themes: seasons, sport and water.
The "jardin du rail" at the entrance of the Park, rue Cardinet, highlights the "sport" with different activities connected to this theme.
In the middle of the park a wind power machine dominate the scene.

The bassin biotope of the Paris Park
The biotope basin is a 3000 square meters space. This pound houses aquatic plants and flowers on shore, like lilies, iris, reed...
It is located alongside the "Petite Ceinture", its purpose is to purify the water from the Seine before being use for watering.

Location of the Paris park

The Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin Luther King is located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the Park

You can use the Paris metro line.
The Paris metro line 13 brochant station is the closest.

Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin Luther King map

Monday, September 5, 2011

Square des batignolles

History and description of the Square des Batignolles

In the beginning of the XIXth century, the hamlet of Batignolles became a nice village when rich merchants built their second homes.

Under Napoleon III, the village of Batignolles was attached to the City of Paris in 1860. In 1862, the Square des Batignolles was created by Alphand.
The Baron haussmann (with a team composed by the engineer Alphand assisted by the architect Davioud, the horticulturist Barillet-Deschamps and the engineer Darcel) was in charged of the building.

The Square is a 16,615 square meters park, it's slightly hilly and it's one of the largest park in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.
It houses:
-Magnificent trees, especially plane trees planted in 1840 and 1880 and a giant sequioa
-A rich flora and fauna...
-A waterfall coming out of the rocks and flowing into a stream and ended on a rounded pond.
-A black stone sculpture of Louis Volvic Monard "Vultures" (1930) in the park:
Creative commons
-A bust of the poet Leon Dierx (1838-1912), by Bony de Lavergne (created in 1932).
-The square offers many activities for children, like the other Paris parks.
-In 1996, a greenhouse was installed in the square located on the side of the Place Charles Fillion.

Location of the square des Batignolles

The Square des Batignolles is located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the square

To go to the square des batignolles, you can use the Paris metro line:
-Line 13 Brochant station (it's the closest).

Entrance fee and opening hours

It's a free admission park.

Square des batignolles map

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bois de Vincennes

History and description
The former name of the Bois de Vincennes was "Vilcena".
Since the 11th century, it was used for royal hunts. After it was abandoned for some time, in the 18th century the king Louis XV decided to reforest the deserted park.
The reforestation ended in 1731, the wood became a promenade open to everybody, except for servants and cars.

After 1794, it was a military place and was used like a prison. It suffer from numerous damage at this time.

In 1860, the City of Paris manage the Wood, and Napoleon III decided to transform it into a public park.
The engineer Alphand transformed the wood into a vast landscape park, as he did for the Bois de Boulogne.
Despite all those efforts, during the war of 1870 the wood was damaged. And it's only after the second war world that the City of Paris launched a massive reforestation plan.

Today, the Bois de vincennes is a 995ha area park, wooded for half part, it's also the biggest green space of Paris. It houses several nice places to visit like the zoo de vincennes, the château de vincennes, the parc floral, the Arboretum de l'Ecole Du Breuil...
Also there are 4 lakes to beautify the site:
*the "lac de Gravelle"
* the "lac des Minimes"
* the "lac Daumesnil", the biggest with 2 islands (the island of Reuilly and the island of Bercy)
* the "lac de Saint-Mandé"

There are playgrounds for children, carousel, cycle path, bridleways, theatre guignol, boat trip, guided tours...

La Maison du Parc et du Bois, located at the entrance of the Parc Floral (near Château de Vincennes), provides information on all activities, events, concerts, exhibitions taking place in the Parc floral and the Bois de Vincennes.

Location of the Bois de Vincennes
The Bois de Vincennes is located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the of the Wood
To go to the Wood:
* you can use the Paris metro line.
-Paris metro line 1: Château de Vincennes station, Saint-Mandé-Tourelle, Bérault stations
-Paris metro line 8: Charenton-Écoles, Liberté et Porte Dorée stations

* You can use the Paris rer line:
Paris rer A: Vincennes, Fontenay-sous-Bois, Nogent-sur-Marne and Joinville-le-Pont stations

Entrance fee and opening hours
The Wood is a free-admission place and is opened 365 day a year

The Bois de Vincennes map

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bois de Boulogne

History and description of the Bois de Boulogne

More than 20 centuries ago, the place was a huge forest called the forest of Rouvray.
It became also a place where some monasteries was built and a former hunting ground for the kings of France.

In 1852, under the reign of Napoleon III, the place was convert to a park.
The works was done by Varé who was quickly fired and replaced by the engineer Alphand and the landscape designer Barillet-Deschamps, the Baron Haussmann led the works. The Wood became also a fashionable promenade.

Today the Bois de Boulogne is a 846 ha park (2.5 times bigger that Central Park, New York)located in the west side of Paris city.
It holds pleasant walkways, bridle paths, boating on the lake, bike trails...

In addition of several lakes, ponds and streams, the Bois de Boulogne welcomes the Parc de Bagatelle, the Jardin (garden) du Pré-Catelan, the Jardin d'acclimatation, the hippodrome de well as more than 400 000 trees.

Location of the Bois de Boulogne
It's located in the XVI arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the of the Bois
To go to the Wood, you can use the Paris metro line 10 or Paris metro line 2
Line 10: Porte d’Auteuil station
Line 2: Porte Dauphine station
It's possible to go by the Paris metro line 1:
- Porte Maillot station + bus or small train
- Pont de Neuilly station + bus.

the Paris rer line Porte Maillot or Avenue Foch station (rer C)

Entrance fee and opening hours
It's a free-admission Paris park and it's not closed.

The Bois de Boulogne map

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Paris park, Parc de la Villette

History and description of the Parc de la Villette

The idea of a Park on the site of the former general abattoirs of Paris, came little by little after the destruction of the place in 1974.

In 1983, a French architect, Bernard Tschumi became responsible for the architectural conception, after an international competition for the architectural design of the park started in 1982.

Today the Paris park combines nature and architecture, recreation areas, places of exhibitions, performances and debates...with inside "la Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie", "la Maison de la Villette", "la Géode", "Zénith de Paris", "l'Argonaute"...on an area of 55 hectares (33 ha of green spaces).

The park houses 12 theme gardens:
*Les jardins passagers: the gardens are ecological gardens for educational, pedagogical and social purposes.They germinated in 2001.

*Le jardin des bambous- the garden of bamboos houses the second largest collection in France of species of bamboo. The garden is located six feet below the rest of the park, a mixing of black and white pebbles between bamboo stems dark or light embellish the garden. At the entrance of the garden, you will find a huge vertical concrete cylinder whose walls will return a strange electronic music.

*Le jardin des frayeurs enfantines- the garden of childhood fears: this forest of spruce blue and birch trees, bathed in a strange music, evokes fairy tales.

*Le jardin de la treille: There are 90 fountains which slide down eight terraces. There are also 7 bronze sculptures that overlooks the whole.

*Le jardin des équilibres- the garden of balance: Large kites metal are placed, like giant birds, among the vegetation with two bridges overlooking the unusual landscape.

*Le jardin des îles- the garden of islands: Visitors have to go through the "Canal de l'Ourcq" to reach the garden, the area is dotted with small wooded hills with cobbled alleys of black and white marble.

*Le jardin des miroirs- the garden of mirrors: 28 monoliths of more than 2 meters , covered with a polished stainless steel plate forming some mirrors, among scots pine and maple trees.

*Le Jardin des dunes et des vents- the Garden of dunes and winds: Games that develop both balance and motor skills of children: pedal wind, sails moving walls, boat hulls and waves of air cushions.

*Le jardin des voltiges- the garden of acrobatics :Space dedicated to games and gear (climbing ropes). Established in altitude, it has two domes which allow two people separated by several meters to converse (with a low voice).

*Le jardin du dragon- the garden of dragoon: It's a giant installation of 80m whose tongue forms a giant slide.

*Le jardin des ombres-the garden of shadows is remarkable for its mineral soil with pieces of white marble.

*Le jardin des dessins is located on the middle of the Paris park. Created at the initiative of Sidaction (AIDS organisation), it's an area of awareness and prevention. There are 16 000 ceramic tiles, which are the support of 10,000 drawings.

Location of the Paris park

The Park de la Villette is located on the 19th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the of the Parc de la Villette?

-To visit the Parc de la Villette you can go by the Paris metro line, line 5, Porte de Pantin station.
You can use also the Paris metro line 7- Porte de la Villette station

-You can use the Paris bus line
*Porte de Pantin (Grande Halle)
*Porte de la Villette (Cité des Sciences)

-By boat also

Entrance fee and opening hours

The Paris park de la Villette is open all day long, however according the internal rules it's forbidden to enter the Park between 1-6am.

Some garden also have special opening hours.

Parc de la Villette map

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Paris garden, Jardin d'acclimatation

History and description
The Paris garden, Jardin d'acclimatation is located on the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne. It's a 19ha garden,  inaugurated in 1860 by Napoleon III.

The garden was created by the architect Davioud and the landscape designer Barillet Deschamps (the same team than the Parc des buttes-Chaumont), . It was known for its exotism, housing exotic flowers, animals, and even tribes (African, Indian, Cossacks...).

Today, it's an animated park, with ride on a boat, pony rides, a small train which goes from Porte Maillot to the garden...

jardin d'acclimatation

The jardin d'acclimatation is a zoo (farm animals, aviaries for birds, bears,...) as well as a nature park (vegetable, herbs,trees...).

jardin d'acclimatation
My name is Gaspard

In the garden, there are plenty of games for children (playgrounds, carousel, pony rides...), activities, 7 beehives with sale of honey on site...

You will also discover one of the oldest stars of the garden (the Enchanted river (1927)), by riding a boat under the shade of old trees.

Location of the Paris garden Jardin d'acclimatation
The Jardin d'acclimatation is located in the 16 arrondissement of Paris, northern part of the Bois de Boulogne.

How to get to the of the Paris garden
-To go to the jardin d'acclimatation you can use the Paris metro line 1.
The station "les sablons" is the closest.

You take the exit 2, then the ''Rue d'Orléans'', then you will find the entrance of the Paris park (around 150m).

-You can go by the "Petit train" until the principal entrance (departure "Porte Maillot")

-By bus

Entrance fee and opening hours
*2.90 €
free admission for children less of 3 years old and disabled people

1 ticket=2.70 €
15 tickets=32,00 €

*Petit train (porte Maillot):
Round trip: 2,70 €
Round trip +garden: 5,60 €

opening hours: 10 am all year long
closing hours: -7pm from April to September
-6pm from October to March

Paris garden Jardin d'acclimatation map

Friday, August 12, 2011

La promenade plantée

History and description
La promenande plantée (or coulée verte) goes from "Bastille" to the "Bois de Vincennes", it was created from 1988 by the landscape designer Jacques Vergely and the architect Philippe Mathieux.
It's a walkway (promenade) of 4.5 kilometers (2,8 miles) on the site of a former railroad which connected "la place de la bastille" to "la Varenne-Saint-Maur" since 1859.

The building started in 1988 and the inauguration took place in 1993.
While visiting Paris by the promenade plantée, you walk above the streets of Paris, you go through viaduct, bridge, tunnel, trench through eastern Paris.

The western part of the walk located above the viaduct for the Arts is accessible by stairs and elevators, in various parts of the avenue Daumesnil.
It's an elevated walkway, 10 meters above the avenue Daumesnil, which goes from the Opéra de Bastille to Jardin de Reuilly.It's reserved for pedestrians.

viaduc des arts above the promenade plantée
The Viaduc des Arts is designed for Parisian artisans, it's a building for arts forms.

The eastern part, down the street, is for pedestrians and cyclists.
Alongside the Promenade plantée, there are also several parks to visit, the jardin de Reuilly, the square Charles-Péguy, and the square Hector-Malot.

Location of the Promenade plantée
The park is located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, 290 avenue daumesnil 75012 PARIS.

How to get to the park
The paris metro line has a lot of stations which allow Paris visitors to visit Paris by the promenade plantée.
The paris metro lines 1, 5, 8, bastille station - but also:

The paris metro lines 6, 8, daumesnil station.
The paris metro line 6, Bel-air station.
The paris metro lines 1 and 14, Gare de Lyon station.
The paris metro line 8, Montgallet station.

Entrance fee and opening hours
It's a free admission park, the operating hours are:
opening hours:
8am from Monday to friday, 9am on the weekend.

closing hours:
January: 5h30pm
February: 6pm
March-to April 15: 7pm
15 April to 15 May: 9pm
16 May to 31 August: 9:30pm
September: 8:00pm
October-December: 6:30pm

Promenade plantee map
promenade plantee map
Click on the image to have a larger view

Friday, August 5, 2011

Square du temple

History and description

The place was occupied by the Knights Templar, they were military and religious and were in charge to protect the pilgrims in the Holy Land;
In 1312, they were accused of heresy and suffered from repression, in 1314, several Knights Templar and the great master Jacques de Nolay were burned in the "Ile de la Cité.
Then, the place was occupied by the Order of Malta.
In 1667, a palace whose entrance is located at the entrance of the Square du temple was erected at the instigation of the Grand-Prior Jacques de Souvres.
The fortress became national property during the Revolution and was converted into a prison, the famous "prison of the Temple" (1792-1808) who was the last home of Louis XVI and the Dauphin Louis XVII.

The dungeon that had housed them was destroyed by order of Napoleon I in 1809, he wanted to erase all traces of the disastrous past.
Until 1853, the square was use as a convent, then a barracks, the place was destroyed and 12 years later,became the Paris garden that we know today.

In the square du temple, there are two gorgeous trees planted in 1882 and 1862 : a hazel (Corylus colurna) of 18m high and 1.85 m in circumference and a Japanese pagoda tree (Sophora japonica) of 17m high and 2 70 in circumference. The fauna is rich of birds of different species, like the Mandarin (native of southeast-Asia).
The Square du temple houses also an artificial waterfall, built with rocks from the Fontainebleau forest. its area is 7696 square meters and was opened in 1857 and redesign by Jean-Charles Alphand in 1865 (the same than the Park des buttes-chaumont).

In the square there is a bandstand from 1900.
There are 2 sculptures, 1 statue of the chansonnier Béranger (1780-1857) in stone (the first was a bronze statue and was destroyed, it was replaced by a stone one, and 1 bust;

There is also a stele with 85 children names. They were living in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris and were deported between 1942 and 1944, their age ranged from 2 months to 6 years old. The stele was inaugurated the 26th of October, 2007.

Location of the Square du temple
The square du temple is located in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, the 64 rue de Bretagne 75003 PARIS

How to get to the square
You can use the Paris metro line, you will have to walk around 5 minutes:
-Paris metro line 3, temple station (the closest, less than 5 minutes)
-Paris metro line 3, line 11, Arts et métiers station (5 minutes).

Entrance fee and opening hours
From 1st to 30th of September: 9am to 8pm.
From May 1st to August 31th: 9am to 9pm.
From October 1st to October 28th: 9am to 6:30pm.

Square du temple map

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Paris park, Parc Monceau

History and description
In 1769 the Duke of Chartres, purchased a piece of land (1ha), he built what will be called the "Folie de Chartres".
Later, Carmontelle a painter-architect-designer was in charge to draw the garden, he gave it an original and unique touch, with a mixing of all styles and all eras: the ruins of a temple of Mars, a Chinese pagoda, a Gothic castle, minaret, an Egyptian pyramid, a Chinese pagoda, a Dutch windmill, a Tartar tent, the park became famous because of those mixing.

The famous Naumachie, a basin surrounded by Corinthian columns (in Roman times it was a basin which was used for depictions of naval battles), was built.

In the park, there is a rotunda with columns, called the "flag of Chartres," alongside the boulevard de Courcelles, it was built by Ledoux.

The park became a national property during the Revolution, he was restored to the family of Orleans but in 1860, the City of Paris acquired it. The appearance of the park was then changed considerably.
The park was cut in half, one half was sold to the financial Pereire.
He erected many mansions on the east side, south and west, including Cernuschi Museum (Asian art) and Nissim de Camondo (18th century).
The design of the second half part was under the direction of the Baron Haussmann, the drawings of the park were changed for the last time by the engineer Jean-Charles Alphand, the architect Davioud and the horticulturalist Barillet-Deschamps (the same team than the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont) this team
In 1861, Napoleon III was finally able to inaugurate the parc Monceau.

The Parc Monceau is a 8.2ha Paris park, it's is full of different species of birds and children can enjoy the place, with sand box, skate rink, playground, swings and merry-go-ground...

There are also some statues:
-The ''Joueur de billes" stone statue (Charles Lenoir 1878)
-Guy de Maupassant bust (Raoul Verlet 1897)
-Alfred de Musset statue (Antonin Mercié 1906)
-Chopin statue (Jacques Froment-Meurice 1906)...

Location of the Paris park
The Parc Monceau is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, the 35 Boulevard Courcelles 75008 PARIS.

How to get to the Parc Monceau
You can use the Paris metro line:
-Paris metro line 2 Monceau station (best option)
-Paris metro line 3 Malesherbes station (around 7 minutes of walks)
-Villiers station (line 2 or line 3).

Entrance fee and opening hours
The park is open daily and is a free admission Paris park:
-from 7am to 10pm from the 1st of april until the end of the summer,
-from 7am to 8pm outside those times.

Paris park Parc Monceau map

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Paris parks and gardens

Paris has more than 400 parks and gardens, they have different names depending on the size of the green space.
The small one is a generally called a square, the middle-sized one is generally called a garden and the big-sized one is generally called a park. There are also 2 woodlands called ''bois'' (Bois de boulogne and Bois de vincennes).
The Bois de Vincennes (995ha) and Bois de Boulogne (846ha) are the largest green spaces of Paris. The first one is in the 12th arrondissement of Paris whereas the Bois de Boulogne is in the 16th district.

Regarding the Paris parks and gardens, the Parc de la Villette is the largest, following by the Jardin des Tuileries, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and the Jardin du Luxembourg.

The Paris parks and gardens are resorts and relaxation for Parisian and visitors who wait for sunny days to sit and socialize on the green grasses or on the benches.

Below is a list, by Paris districts, of some most important Paris parks and gardens as well as squares :

1st arrondissement of Paris
* Jardin des Halles
* Jardin du Palais Royal
* Square du Vert-Galant
* Square de la place Dauphine
* Jardin des Tuileries

3rd arrondissement of Paris
* Square du Temple

4th arrondissement of Paris
* Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques
* Square Jean XXIII
* Square Louis XIII

5th arrondissement of Paris
* Square René-Viviani - Montebello
* Jardin des plantes

6th arrondissement of Paris
* Jardin du Luxembourg

7th arrondissement of Paris
* Esplanade des Invalides
* Parc du Champ-de-Mars

8th arrondissement of Paris
* Jardins des Champs-Elysées
* Parc Monceau

10th arrondissement of Paris
* Jardin Villemin

12th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc de Bercy
* Promenade plantée
* Bois de Vincennes
* Parc Floral
* Arboretum de l'Ecole Du Breuil
* Ecole du Breuil
* Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale
* Jardin de Reuilly

13th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc de Choisy
* Jardins Abbé Pierre - Jardins des Grands Moulins
* Parc Kellermann

14th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc Montsouris

15th arrondissement of Paris
* Jardin Atlantique
* Parc Georges-Brassens
* Parc André-Citroën
* Parc Omnisport Suzanne Lenglen

16th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc Sainte-Périne
* Jardin d'acclimatation
* Pré-Catelan et jardin Shakespeare
* Jardin des serres d'Auteuil
* Bois de Boulogne
* Parc de Bagatelle

17th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin Luther King
* Square des Batignolles

18th arrondissement of Paris
* Jardins d'Eole

19th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
* Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge
* Parc de la Villette
* Jardin Serge Gainsbourg

20th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc de Belleville

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