|Parc de Bercy|
I was surprised to learn that there are also English-style "naturalistic" parks in Paris, constructed in the later nineteenth century, including Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Parc Montsouris, with winding paths, irregular forests, summits, and little temples. These were really lovely!
One day we took a long walk along the Canal St. Martin and N. was thrilled to run along the towpath to follow a barge as it went through several locks. Another evening we walked along the Promenade Plantée, a former elevated train line transformed into green space (like New York's High Line).
As much as we loved visiting museums and walking the stately boulevards of Paris, it was refreshing to spend time in the city parks which were so beautifully tended and full of people enjoying the wonderful summer weather we were graced with most of the month.
|An abandoned train tunnel at Parc Montsouris|
|Watching the lock fill at Canal St. Martin|