Paris is well-known for its elegant architecture, wide boulevards, and plentiful historical landmarks. Something that you are very likely to appreciate as a visitor to the French capital, too, is the small, cosy parks and gardens spread around the city.
Being able to buy a fresh baguette or pastry in one of the many artisanal bakeries and enjoy them in a nearby park is, in my opinion, one of the best things you can do in Paris.
To get you in the mood, I bring you a few images of these small gardens that I have encountered during my last stay in this post.
The first park we visit is located at the edge of the 3rd arrondissement of Paris next to Boulevard de Sébastopol. Square Émile-Chautemps is named after the French politician Émile Chautemps and was created in 1858 during an era when Paris was being transformed into the beautiful city we know today.
The next image comes from a side of perhaps my most favourite of these small gardens, Square du Temple. This English-style garden with a long and intriguing history is not far at all from the place I showed you previously. It is surrounded by typical Parisian apartment houses, features eye-pleasing landscape, and a small pond. Grab a croissant or two on your way there, and I guarantee you are going to have a great time.
Through the remaining three images, I would like to introduce you to a historical tower and the adjacent garden with an impressive story. The Tower of Saint Jacques was originally built in the early decades of the 1500s as part of a massive gothic church known as Eglise Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie.
However, during the French Revolution, in 1797, the church was demolished, and the tower has been the only part left standing ever since. A statue of scientist Blaise Pascal decorates the base of the Saint-Jacques Tower as it was reportedly here that he performed his famous barometric experiments.
Recently, the tower, as well as the surrounding park, were thoroughly renovated which is why they are in near perfect condition. A small meteorological station found its place on the top of the tower in the late 19th century.
Next time you are strolling the streets of Paris, think of these charming gardens and make sure to appreciate their beauty and cosy atmosphere. It can only make your stay better.
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