Paris + Day Trips

  • Jardin de l'Hôtel de Sens

    By Gregory Ross

    It was a particularly cold day when I visited Jardin de l'Hôtel de Sens. November days in Paris tend to be dreary and it is difficult to wake up in the morning when it is warm inside your apartment with a fresh kettle of tea brewing on the kitchen counter.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 February 2015 )
  • All those Love Locks on Paris Bridges? It’s Time for them to Go

    By Diane Stamm

    You know all those love locks clamped onto Paris bridges? Well, it’s time for them to go.

    Those locks – 90,000 pounds of them on the Pont de l’Archevêché and a whopping 205,000 pounds on the longer Pont des Arts – have become a blight, not to mention destructive to the bridges – many panels have collapsed under the weight – and the keys thrown into the water below are rusting and polluting the Seine.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 January 2015 )
  • How to Plan the Perfect First Day in Paris

    By Robyn Webb

    You know the saying, "I need a vacation from my vacation", it could very well been invented by someone who has been a visitor to Paris. With so many attractions to see, places to eat, and activities to enjoy, it's no wonder why so many tourists feel completely exhausted on their once in a lifetime trip.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 December 2014 )
  • 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 )
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