J is for Jardin
If Paris is known of anything besides: wine, cheese, 2 hours lunches, and the Eiffel Tower, it is its wonderfully kept gardens. Of which there are plenty. France takes a lot of pride in its well groomed parks, enough to hire park police to ensure that no one trespasses on the grass. There are actually days when you are allowed on the grass, and days where no one can set foot on the lawns. Like the symmetrical architecture Baron Haussmann brought with his buildings, the gardens follow the same concept. Very linear, very flat, and very, very pristine.
- Paris Garden Map (Paris Digest)
- The Hidden Gardens of Paris (NY Times) – great article for visitors.
- List of Parks and Gardens in Paris (Wikipedia)
The more popular gardens:
I loved the garden in the backyard of the Rodin museum. You can see it featured heavily in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. The best part of this garden is the amazing view of the Eiffel Tower in the background.