Paris…city of lights. City of romance. City of mouth-watering baguettes.
City of about 2.2 million inhabitants and transit point for the majority of France’s 78 million tourists per year.
Once upon a time I too was part of that 78 million, until I took the leap and decided to call Paris home; and boy do I feel blessed to have a view of the Eiffel Tower from my balcony – I still giggle like a kid each time they turn on the lights at night – or to walk by the Seine after a long workday. But like every big city, sometimes you just need a quick escape from the concrete jungle.
Sure, compared to London or New York, Paris is pretty laid-back — adorned with gorgeous Haussmannian architecture. When I long to escape the cramped metro, long queues at the grocery store and the oh-so-romantic dog droppings on the street, I head to urban respites like the Jardins de Luxembourg, Le Parc Floral, or Parc des Buttes Chaumont.
Here are a few reminders why urban parks and gardens in Paris are treasures:
This story was curated by Gigi Satia