Paris + Day Trips

  • Square Danielle-Mitterrand

    By Gregory Ross

    This pearl-shaped park is hidden on a narrow street that jets off the Seine. There are apartment buildings nestled to both sides of the park and, like a village in the countryside, there are no alleyways between the abutting buildings. They resemble a sinuous wave of white that crawls its way into the heart of the fifth arrondissement.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 24 October 2014 )
  • Paris in the Off Season

    By Pat Smith

    There’s nothing off about the off season in Paris. More like right on.

    From roughly late September to early April, Paris is strictly in season and ripe for the picking. Less noisy groups of student travelers clog streets. Fewer groups arrive from ships. And less dodging clumps of tourists is required at Notre Dame or when vying for more than a glimpse of the Mona Lisa.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 September 2014 )
  • Hemingway Park, Hôtel des Invalides

    By Gregory Ross

    On weekends the old men gather on the sands to pitch their pétanque boules into the air.  The knock of metal against metal, sand grinding into heels, and the hoarse counting of numbers fills the esplanade of Hôtel des Invalides.  The old men hang their coats on the makeshift hooks that are nailed into the trunks of trees.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 )
  • Parc Marcel Bleustein Blanchet

    By Gregory Ross

    When I arrived in Paris to begin the writing of the Hidden Parks of Paris, I stayed for two nights in the eighteenth arrondissement, on Rue de la Clignancourt.  The apartment was in a three-hundred year old building, with a good café and a cobblestone courtyard downstairs.  I booked the room on Air BnB, prudent to the expectations a guest will be required to adhere to when staying in a host’s apartment in Paris.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 )
  • Summer Concert Series at Parc Floral

    By Loui Franke
    Summer in the city is a perfect time to seek out the many activities available at little to no cost in Paris. One of my favorites is the summer concert series at the beautiful Parc Floral de Paris in the heart of the royal forest, Bois de Vincennes, and next to the Château de Vincennes.
    Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 August 2014 )
  • Jardin Frederic Dard

    By Gregory Ross

    Jardin Frederic Dard is set at the peak of Montmartre, in the shadows of Sacre Coeur. Visit this hidden park after having lunch at one of the many quaint restaurants on Rue Norvins. Be sure to walk through the lawn at the back of the park for a spectacular view of the man that passes through walls.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 June 2014 )
  • The Swiss Valley

    By Gregory Ross

    The Swiss Valley is one of the smaller, more spectacular parks in Paris that not many tourists are aware of. It is nestled between the Seine and the Palais de la Découverte, on the Right Bank. Visit in the morning at waking light for a soothing break from the bustle of Paris. It is a park not to be missed.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 )
  • 16th Arrondissement and Etoile

    By Susie Hollands

    The 16th means many things to different people. Luxury. Aristocracy. Legacy. Les biens élévés. Innate elegance. Trust-fund kids. Home. Escape.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 April 2014 )
  • 4th Arrondissement & The Marais

    By Susie Hollands

    The 4th arrondissement of Paris is one of its most quaint, yet most bustling. Jam-packed with shops, cafés, small museums and some the oldest architecture in Paris, a walk though its ancient maze-like streets is an extraordinary way to spend the day.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 March 2014 )
  • The 7th Arrondissement & Eiffel Tower/Rue du Bac

    By Susie Hollands

    The elegant 7th is rich with art and culture, as well as the upper crust of society, with its dignified hotels particuliers housing ministries, embassies and luxurious private residences. Stately, subdued and refined, the 7th seduces with Napoleonic sophistication, and its iconic Eiffel Tower provides the reference point for all of Paris.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 February 2014 )
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