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Created in 1629 for Cardinal de Richelieu, this garden has witnessed many of the events that have marked the Palais-Royal's history. Redesigned in the 18th Century by landscape gardener Desgots, it was made smaller by Louis-Philippe d'Orléans in order to accommodate buildings and arcades where merchants were to set up their stalls. Later, in the 20th Century, famous writers Colette and Cocteau lived here, enjoying the greenery. Today, with its statues, bushes and trees, the garden has become a favorite meeting place where visitors can relax right in the heart of the capital.
This small park is adjacent to the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées, near the Place de la Concorde and the Palais de l'Elysée. Having stopped for a drink or done some window-shopping on the "Champs," take some time to wander and relax in these gardens. Surrounded by flowerbeds, fountains, paths and pavilions, this spot offers a taste of tranquility right in the heart of the capital. Popular towards the end of the 19th Century, chic Parisians that frequented the park at this time include the renowned author, Marcel Proust. Contact +33 8 3668 3112 for further information.
The garden of Cours-la-Reine is found near the Places of Concorde and Canada within Paris’ 8th arrondissement. It was established by the banks of the Seine river by Queen Marie de Medicis in the year 1616. The space was cultivated into an aristocratic rendezvous spot outlined by tall elm trees and ornate gates. The earlier extension of the park included Cours Albert Premier, which was segregated into another park during its redevelopment after the World War I. The park is known for its various statues, including those of King Albert I and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Square du Vert Galant is a little, green haven stuck out in the middle of the Seine. Tree-lined and set below the level of Pont Neuf, it has the feel of a hidden garden, a place to come to sit and read, to find some repose amongst the pigeons and sparrows. You can quite escape the fact that you are smack bang in the middle of the city, especially with the pleasure boats trundling up and down. Certainly worth taking the time to find a shady spot and take stock.
Spend a day at Les Berges, a cultural site with much to offer. This 2.3-kilometer (1.4-mile) site has areas for relaxation, sports, and culture. There's a chalk wall where visitors can create doodles or masterpieces as well as Zzz containers, which are perfect for reclining. You'll find workout classes held for free as well as a track and a fitness trail. You can also climb the grand staircase and see amazing views of the Seine.
Jardin Catherine Labouré is located in the 7th Arrondissement and offers local residents and visitors a refuge of greenery in the city. Stop by and enjoy the expanses of lawn, and see what's growing in the vegetable garden. There's a playground for the kids and opportunities for picking fresh fruit.
Le Jardin des Halles is a contemporary garden divided into several parts, created in 1988, and located behind the forum des Halles. It is a nice place to relax after a shopping trip, or to walk and discover alleys lined with lime trees and trellis and arbors covered by climbing plants. There are also eleven fountains, sculptures and pools. You will also see beds of gorgeous plants and a flower garden in terrace around the tropical greenhouse. A government sanctioned project of renovating the garden that began in 2011 created a single, unified green space where the fragmented garden used to be. Its architect David Mangin described the new garden as something "between Wizard of Oz and Warner Bros" incorporating many innovative play areas that are accessible to everyone.
Visit the Square René Viviani to see the oldest tree in Paris. Planted in 1601, the locust tree now relies on concrete beams for support, and you'll find a plaque at the base of the tree denoting its importance. During World War I, some of the upper branches of the tree were lost, but it still blooms every year. Jean Robin, a botanist, is believed to be the person who planted it.