Il terreno sui cui sono stati costruiti il Jardin du Luxembourg e il Palais du Luxembourg erano originariamente il sito archeologico di un accampamento romano. Nel 1257 l'ordine religioso degli Chartreux comprò il terreno e costruì un monastero e in seguito la principessa reggente Maria de Medici fece costruire nel 1615 il palazzo. Si tratta di uno dei giardini più amati a Paragi. Disegnato e organizzato con gran gusto, è popolarissimo tra gli studenti e coloro che vivono del Quartiere Latino di Parigi. I bambini possono cavalcare i pony, giocare sulle altalene e far salpare le loro barchette giocattolo nello stagno ottagonale. Un luogo amatissimo e spesso scelto per gli incontri. L'entrata è gratuita.
Opened in 1867, this park was built by Jean-Charles Alphand who designed a number of parks during the reign of Napoleon III. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is spread over 24.7 hectares (61.03 acres) and features an artificial lake, a rocky island, exotic trees, bridges, waterfalls and a grotto. The most significant part of the park is the Temple de la Sibylle which is a scaled-down replica of the iconic Roman Temple of Vesta. The public park also has restaurants, puppet theaters and other facilities making it very popular among locals and tourists alike. A stroll through the historic Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is definitely worthwhile.
Longchamps hosts over 31 races annually. Its variety of tracks and famous hill puts the world's best thoroughbreds to the ultimate test here. The Arc de Triomphe Weekend takes place here, and is attended by more than 55,000 spectators and watched by a billion people all over the world. It takes place every first weekend in October. If you can make it happen, this promises to be one memorable afternoon at the track!
Situated just west of the Bois de Boulogne, Musée Albert-Kahn possesses one of the richest archives of early true-color photographs in the world. The former estate and collection of 20th Century banker and world traveler Albert Kahn became a museum in 1986, undergoing major renovations in 1990 and 2006. Rotating exhibitions of the color photographs Kahn had commissioned for his Archive of the Planet from 1909 to 1931 provide exciting glimpses into early 20th century life in many parts of the world. His love of travel and other cultures is also manifest in the themed gardens, where one can stroll through a forest of the Vosges, a Japanese village, a prairie, or an English garden, to name a few corners.
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.
Block’Out is one of the most complete and unique indoor sports facilities in Paris. Visitor can take advantage of a fully equipped gym, an osteopathy-care center, a sauna and Turkish bath, and a challenging bouldering gym. Access to the Turkish baths and sauna is included in the price of your climbing and body-building ticket. A brasserie serves lunch and dinner in full view of the boulders and climbers. Block’Out is also designed for all kinds of climbers, with lessons for individuals, couples, and children.
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.