Friday Fun: French Urban Gardens

Spring is almost ready to spring, or so we hope! It seems to come earlier in England than in other parts of the world, but this week my pictures take me  to France. Paris and other French cities may not have quite as many green spaces as London does, but it’s always a pleasure to discover some of them, however small. French gardens may be famous for their severe geometric precision, but this is the more natural, unkempt style.

My favourite park in Paris: Parc Buttes-Chaumont, outrageously romantic, with an amazing view towards Sacre Coeur from the temple.
But it’s also about finding green spaces everywhere you go: cafes (here in Saint-Germain).
… along disused railway lines (from Time Out France)
…in little residential impasses (much like the mews of London). From
Another passage Grenelle from 15e arrondissement.
The famous flower market between Notre Dame and the Palais de la Justice. From La Compagnie.
Side streets in Montmartre, from
Jardin Sauvage Saint-Vincent in Montmartre.
Japanese garden from the Pantheon-Bouddhique, 16e.

10 thoughts on “Friday Fun: French Urban Gardens”

    1. I was just thinking the very same thing – so if you don’t mind, I’ll join you for a stroll along the lines (and they have the advantage of always being relatively flat) 🙂

  1. Oh, these are gorgeous, Marina Sofia! I like the fact, too, that they’re tucked away. It feels a bit like a private little retreat. And, honestly, I couldn’t pick which one I like the best. They’re all lovely.

  2. I’ve not come across Buttes-Chaumont so must make a note to visit that one when we next get a chance for a trip to Paris. The other one I like is the garden at the Rodin museum….

  3. I love every photograph of those gardens. I say this as I am surrounded by brick buildings and concrete sidewalks. There are some trees on my city block, and soon they will be blooming, some with white flowery leaves.

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