Parks & Gardens

Parks & Gardens

I enjoy being a lone traveler occasionally, even though my husband is an almost perfect travel companion. He has an unerring sense of direction; when we come to a crossroad, he knows instinctively which...

The Bonjour Paris editorial team recently requested reader submissions with memories from first trips to Paris. We were overwhelmed with wonderful responses, which we are publishing in a special series. (Read other installments here.) Here,...

There is no better way of getting yourself in the mood for a short weekend trip than watching a film set in that city. Breakfast at Tiffany’s in New York, Wow. Vicky Christina in Barcelona, superb....

Paris has always been a trailblazing city. In 1878, the city installed arced electric street lamps – they were the first city to do so. Restaurants, as we think of them, began in Paris. SCUBA attire...
Parisians in Profile, Beekeeper Frédéric Eggers de Villepin. By Emma Jacobs

This is the first in an exclusive series of illustrated "Parisians in Profile" about Parisians from all walks of life, created by journalist Emma Jacobs. Here we feature Frédéric Eggers de Villepin, a member...
Jardin Yitzhak Rabin

Tucked away on the eastern end of Paris just north of the Seine there is an area not often mentioned when discussing places to visit in the City of Light. The neighborhood, known as...

Paris is one of the best cities to visit in the summer with its numerous parks and summer festivities to entertain everyone in the family. One of my favorite parks is Parc Floral in...
James Joyce in Zurich c. 1918/

Bloomsday is upon us. Today, Bonjour Paris celebrates the life of Irish writer James Joyce who spent 20 years in the French capital. With Joyce’s most prominent work Ulysses centering around two characters who...
Jardin des Plantes greenhouses

Question: Which French king had the bright idea of creating a structure to protect a highly-prized coffee plant? The Sun King, of course! According to a French professor of botany, this plant—the rarest of...
Chateau de Vincennes

On exiting the metro station at the end of the line 1 at Chateau de Vincennes, there is no need to ask directions to the castle or even consult a map, for there it...
picnic by the Seine

Springtime in Paris calls for picnics. Weather permitting, you’ll need the perfect combination of supplies, friends, and location to enjoy some leisurely alfresco dining. Into the summer, with the sun setting late into the...
UNESCO headquarters in Paris

A visit to the Paris headquarters of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is well off the beaten path for most tourists, but it would appeal to anyone who wants to see something...