Ever since I began learning about Paris I have been interested in a park called Parc Des Buttes-Chaumont, in the 19th arrondissement. I finally got there, with my blogger friend Out and About in Paris, and was enchanted with it.
This 61-acre hilltop park was built in 1863 in an abandoned gypsum quarry and a former gallows, as part of Napoleon III’s greening of Paris. It rewards visitors with an amazing view of the city, an impressive waterfall, a swan-inhabited lake, and a Greek-style temple. AND they let you sit on the grass! In fact, I don’t recall seeing a single “Park Police” the whole time we were there, which is unheard of in these parts. We enjoyed a picnic lunch and marveled at how far removed from Paris we felt. Go get yourself a baguette and a glass of wine you can pretend you were there with us!