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Top Paris Gardens

Jardin des Halles

Jardin des Halles is the first indoor market in 1183 built by Louis le Gros and finished by Philippe Auguste, the garden boasted of eleven beautiful fountains. The garden boasted of stunning Bruyère-earth bed and a terraced flower garden that nestled the 450-sq-m tropical greenhouse that is included in the catalogue of central Paris.  The four small glass pyramids near the Bourse du Commerce and the Henri de Miller’s “Ecoute” (“Listen”) Statue is a necessary stop for tourist and nature lovers because of its wonderful and magnificent structure. For tourist you can use the Metro Les Halles station to easily get to the garden since travelling is difficult especially with traffic clogging the area.

Jardin d’Acclimatation

The Jardin d’Acclimatation makes one feel like taking a trip down the memory lane with the garden’s attraction. The Société du Jardin d’Acclimatation took care of the garden after it was abandoned during wartime and breathe a new life in the garden. Currently, the garden boast of the Boat rides on the magical river, painting, confectionery and gardening classes which will make any kids and adults alike happy. One can easily reached the garden through riding the Metro: Porte Maillot then take a street train by L’Orée du Bois restaurant, or Sablon then a 5-minute walk reaching the garden’s gate.

Promenade Plantée

Designed in 1988 by Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely, the old train tracks were refurbished by the City of Paris to become one of the most intriguing ways to explore the eastern Paris. Tourist or locals would enjoy exploring the 71 viaducts footbridges and tunnel trenches. A 4.5km span promenade stretching from Place de la Bastille to Bois de Vincennes. In going to the  garden, one can either ride the Metro and get off the Bastille station or from the Avenue Daumesnil to the Bois de Vincennes take an up and down stairs and lifts with Paris 12 as an indication that you have arrive on the place.

Palais Royal

Enjoy elegance to the finest when you arrive on the Palais Royal with marble statues Adolphe Thabard’s Le Charmeur de Serpent (1875) and Paul Lemoyne’s Le Pâtre et la Chèvre to name just a few of the elegant statues surrounding the garden. The striped grey and white columns created by Daniel Buren adorning the gates of the Palais Royal sparks controversy in the early days. Lovers and wishful dreamers can throw in their coins and wish on the water underfoot of the garden. Other places to visit are the Montpensier and Valois wings. As the French government runs it, admission is free.

Tuileries

The oldest garden in Paris, Louis XIV asked André Le Nôtre, the designer of the royal garden to redesign the garden for the humble folks of France.  Children would enjoy the scale-model sailing boats, open-air sculpture museum and the relaxing and splendid garden view of the Tuileries. Renowned statues like the Rodin’s Le Baiser, Eve, La Méditation and La Grande Ombre, and works by Coysevox and Carpeaux and contemporary artworks like Max Ernst’s Microbe vu à travers un Tempérament, Alberto Giacometti’s Grande Femme II, Jean Dubuffet’ Le Bel Costumé and Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure adorned the garden. One can reach the Tuileries through taking the Metro: Tuileries, Concorde, or Palais-Royal.

Jardin des Plantes

Formerly the Jardin Royal des Plantes Médicinales, the garden was built as a royal edict by Jean Hérouard (king Louis XIII’s head doctor) and Guy de la Brosse as a research centre during the reign of King Louis XIII. The garden boast of the natural museum, the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, a botany school which show off 4,500 catalogue of plants, an alpine garden, greenhouses, a menagerie (the world’s oldest zoo), a maze, a rose bed, and a mineral gallery. The 17th-century royal garden is run by the French state and not the City of Paris. For tourist, take the Metro and get off the Gare d’Austerlitz, Jussieu or Place Monge station.

Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg is the largest park in France that also houses the Luxembourg Palace. The Queen Marie Medici, the second wife of King Henry IV and the regent for the King Louis XIII built the place as an imitation of the Pitti Palace that she use to enjoy in her native Florence and now houses Dalou, Bourdelle, Rodin or Zadkine statues and the beautiful Medicis Fountain. During weekends, many people would go there to play sports and some would carry their scale-model boat to play it in the central lake of the garden. Tourist can reached the wonderful palace through taking the Metro train and getting off the Notre Dame des Champs station.