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A bit of sunshine and a spot of grass

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FINALLY we have been having a few days of sunny weather here in Paris.  And as we live in a typical Parisian apartment with no outdoor space, the main thing I have been yearning for is a spot of grass I can plop myself and my 2 girls on to enjoy some rays of sunshine.

Finding that is easier said than done, as most Parisian parks are made out of gravel, and grass is generally off-limits to walk or sit on.

So I decided to get off the beaten track of the centre of Paris and head over to the Butte de Chaumont, a park in the 19th arrondissement.  It is lovely!  It was built about 150 years ago on what used to be the city’s gallows and wasteland.  Today it looks like a Gothic dreamscape — complete with waterfalls, a temple and a grotto.

It is great for kids: there is a manage (a merry-go-round which French kids, especially my kid, are obsessed about), little ponies to ride on (from 18 months onwards with parental supervision), a horse and cart that goes around the par, a playground, and of course the ubiquitous crepes and ice cream stand.  I even saw a puppet show theater, though we did not have enough time to check it out.

We had a wonderful day out.  I just hope the sunshine continues, which unfortunately is something that cannot be arranged by the Parisian Park Authorities…

-Emilie


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Comments (7)

Esther
May 5, 2008

Sounds wonderful – romance like that simply doesn’t exist in Amsterdam!


Julie Richardson
May 5, 2008

Oh the nostalgia…I was there 5 years ago studying abroad – it IS a beautiful park!


May 5, 2008

I love Butte de Chaumont! We lived in Paris for four years and I only discovered it six months before we moved. Another favorite of ours was Andre Citroen when we could get over to it. It’s so different.

When your kids get older you’ll have to go over to the park in the Champs de Mars. The carousel still has rings for the kids to catch. Kinda scary with kids waving sticks around, but it looks like fun!


Karlie
May 6, 2008

I am sooo jealous!! There are not any parks that even compare to that in Washington! I wish there were more big family parks (and whatnot) around. I guess we’ll just have to travel to see all these amazing parks and places!! darn the luck =)


Courtney
May 8, 2008

Hooray for sunshine!!
What you need is the Hampstead Heath!! 🙂
But this place sounds amazing.


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June 23, 2015

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April 29, 2016

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