Paris Gardens to Enjoy

posted by Sharon February 24, 2019 32 Comments
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Paris gardens beckon locals and tourists alike to sit and relax, rest your weary feet, forget the cares of the day, revel in the green of the grass and trees, and enjoy the bright-colored blooms. This being Paris, a palace may be nearby, and artistic sculptures adorn the gardens. Ponds and lakes and fountains add to the ambience.

Here are a few of my favorite Paris gardens.

The Tuileries Gardens

Sprawling just outside the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens are the most famous of the many parks in Paris. The Tuileries are named for the tile factories that occupied this land when Queen Catherine de Medici built her palace here in 1564. A hundred years later, King Louis XIV hired his gardener to redesign the gardens in their current French formal style.

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Tuileries ParisThe Tuileries includes two large ponds and sculptures, such as the one pictured here by Jean-Baptiste Hugues, titled “L’Homme et sa Misere.” Tuileries ParisTuileries ParisTuileries ParisTuileries ParisTuileries ParisParis has its own triumphal arch, which looks much like Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. The triumphal arch has graced this garden area since the 1600s. Tuileries ParisTuileries Paris

Stroll along, sit a while in one of the green chairs scattered about, and maybe stop for a coffee at the little cafe. Pop into the small museum of Monet’s paintings, the Orangerie, at one end of the gardens. After you’ve sauntered through the Tuileries, you emerge at the Place de Concorde, back in the busy circle at the heart of Paris. Tuileries ParisTuileries ParisLuxembourg Gardens

Lovely Luxembourg Gardens, with its resident palace, dates back to 1612. The gardens were designed for Princess Marie de Medici, who became Queen of France.  The palace is now used by the French Senate. The gardens offer spacious lawns, tree-lined lanes, sculptures, and fountains. Luxembourg Gardens ParisLuxembourg Gardens ParisLuxembourg Gardens ParisLuxembourg Gardens ParisLuxembourg Gardens ParisLuxembourg Gardens ParisMy favorite part of these Paris gardens is the toy boats. On weekends, children can sail colorful wooden toy boats in the lake. The young ones run around the lake chasing the boats and laughing. It’s simply charming. Luxembourg GardensLuxembourg Gardens ParisLuxembourg Gardens ParisPlace des Vosges Place des Vosges

This elegant garden in the Marais district is the earliest planned green space in Paris. A perfect square of only 150 yards on each side, the Place des Vosges is bordered by 36 buildings. Victor Hugo lived here, and his home is now a museum you can visit. What I love about this Paris garden is that locals come here to hang out, study, work out, and wander. On a Sunday afternoon, it’s the place to be. Place des VosgesPlace des VosgesPlace des VosgesPlace des VosgesPlace des VosgesPlace des Vosges ParisThe Formal Gardens at Versailles

VersaillesThe formal gardens found out the back door of the palace at Versailles amaze me with their symmetry and color. Swirls of flower beds and hedges invite you to enjoy nature. You can tour the palace and then come outside for fresh air and the view. There’s something satisfying about these rows of impeccably trimmed trees.

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If you are in Paris long enough for a day trip, take the train out to Monet’s residence, Giverny, to peruse the gardens and the famous lily pond. In the US, my favorite is New York’s Central Park during springtime.

How about you? Do you have a favorite gardens? Paris Gardens

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32 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin February 24, 2019 at 8:45 am

The Europeans know how to do a proper garden!

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William Kendall February 24, 2019 at 10:38 am

Wonderful and idyllic!

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// Heidrun February 25, 2019 at 7:09 am

I was two times in Paris… it’s always fantastic!

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Carol February 25, 2019 at 9:45 am

I love this post – you know I’m a garden lover and the French gardens are so beautiful!

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Doreen Pendgracs February 25, 2019 at 10:55 am

Thx for the beautiful post. I love touring gardens when I visit various destinations. Unfortunately, when I was in Paris, I had another agenda and didn’t have time to see too many of the lovely gardens. Thx for showing them to me here.

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Junieper2 February 25, 2019 at 11:10 am

For Europeans it’s quite customary to go to a park for the afternoon in the weekend:) My favorite Park in Europe is the Botanical Garden in Berlin -lees formal and more focused on the plants and flowers. My fave in the USA up to now is the Library Gardens of the Huntington in Pasadena:)
Many thanks for sharing the beauty of the city with us at All Seasons! Have a lovely week, Sharon.

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Lydia C. Lee February 25, 2019 at 11:21 am

So many gorgeous gardens in Paris….

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Jim, Sydney, Australia February 25, 2019 at 11:25 am

All beautiful.

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Eileen Wise February 25, 2019 at 11:33 am

Hello, gorgeous view and tour of the gardens. It is in a beautiful city! Enjoy your day and have a great new week!

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Molly February 25, 2019 at 12:12 pm

Such a beautiful city

Mollyx

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Lady Fi February 25, 2019 at 9:57 pm

Wow -each garden and photo is a gem!

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Suzy Godfrey February 27, 2019 at 4:29 am

Just beautiful, all of the photos, but photo #5, looks like a painting!

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Sol Solntze February 28, 2019 at 10:43 am

I don’t really think of Paris and parks, but there are some fabulous ones indeed. I do like the flowers in the formal Versailles garden, but the one with the view of the Eiffel Tower is pretty cool too.

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Rhonda Albom March 1, 2019 at 5:08 pm

I think the French are renowned for their gardens. The gardens at the Palace of Versailles are my favourite.

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Obligatory Traveler March 1, 2019 at 7:51 pm

Absolutely stunning! It looks like the gardens in Paris have everything. Flowers, fountains, and all of that amazing architecture. I always try to visit gardens when I visit a new place. It’s good to know that Paris has quite a few to visit when the time comes. #WeekendWanderlust

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California Globetrotter March 2, 2019 at 12:49 am

Next time I’m in Paris I want to explore more of the gardens! Technically I’ve only seen the one around the Eiffel Tower! #FeetDoTravel

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Corey | Fifi + Hop March 2, 2019 at 6:43 am

When I think of Paris I think of flowers and gardens and all things pretty! Love all these places – but the one place I still have yet to visit is Giverny. Dying to go there as I adore Monet. Thanks for linking up with #faraway-files

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My Corner of the World March 2, 2019 at 2:10 pm

Wow! They sure know how to make gardens gorgeous! I love the statues and extras that they put in with the lovely flower. Thank you very much for linking up at My Corner of the World!

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Jill March 3, 2019 at 10:46 am

I love a good garden and the French do them so well. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Paris but your photos make me want to do a return trip just to visit the gardens. Fantastic!

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Pia - Nextstoptbc March 3, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Lovely photos! Paris is one of my all-time favorite cities and the gardens are definitely worth visiting.

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Katie March 3, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Some truly beautiful gardens! I love the Parisan vistas that you’ve captured here too

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Val March 3, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Been in PAris twice but never at these gardens, maybe next time as they look very interesting! Your photos are very beautiful and you are right regarding the Arch- ti looks like the one in Berlin!

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Carrie Ann March 3, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Such beautiful photos! I love the Tuileries, and of course the formal gardens at Versailles. I haven’t been back to Paris in a very long time, and I’m due for a visit. Thanks for the inspiration!

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knycx.journeying March 4, 2019 at 5:51 am

Thanks for the introduction and great photos. Luxembourg Gardens is my absolute favourite. My friend is getting married in France next year and I definitely taking them their for some stunning wedding pictures! @ knycx.journeying

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Karletta March 4, 2019 at 7:53 am

I need to return to Paris – especially after you’ve taken me on this delightful virtual walk of the gardens … time for the real thing! Thank you for the inspiration

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) March 7, 2019 at 7:58 pm

For a large City, there is so much nature here to enjoy! I never realised how many beautiful gardens there were in Paris, I will be adding these to my list when I return! Thank you so much for sharing #feetdotravel

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FrenchVillage Jacqui April 6, 2019 at 4:08 am

Great pics that brought back fond memories of watching the toy boats on a seriously hot July day. The only shade was on the grass where it was forbidden to sit, but I think we eventually found some chairs under the trees. #AllAboutFrance

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Margo Lestz April 6, 2019 at 6:22 am

Thanks for these ideas to file away for my next visit. The photos are wonderful.

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Phoebe | Lou Messugo April 11, 2019 at 4:38 am

Your photos are stunning. I love Paris’s parks, and there are so many unusual ones as well as the formal well-known ones. My favourites are Place des Vosges, Jardin des Plantes, parc André Citroen, Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes and all the different areas in the parc de la Villette (very urban). Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance

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Rosie Hill (@EcoGitesLenault) April 25, 2019 at 9:48 pm

I adore city gardens and will always head for them in any city. Paris has a huge variety I feel a visit coming on so I cna enjoy some more of them. Merci for the inspiration! #AllAboutFrance

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Andi November 27, 2019 at 9:31 am

As a frequent traveler to Paris, I have been lucky enough to enjoy all these gardens and more. The city truly is blessed to have such lovely public spaces! No matter how short my trip I always try to spend some time in the Tuileries Garden – it’s my favorite!

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