Archive for the 'The Great Outdoors' Category

In a Land Not So Far

Although the Temple of Sybil, in the Buttes Chaumont, may not appear all that high on the cliff, it is indeed a hike and a suspension bridge away. How can all of this be only a mile or two from the center of Paris?

Succulents in the 13th

Two friends have a thing for the California desert, and visit it pretty much once a year. The large terrace of their 13th arrondissement apartment has become a sort of homage to the Southwest US. I’m amazed that their cacti and succulents, some of which are several years old, have survived the Paris weather. The [...]

Albert Kahn’s Gardens

These amazing gardens really are a Paris secret. At four-euros admission, they are also one of its biggest bargains. There is a Japanese garden (as well as a “Japanese Village”), a rose garden, a jardin à la française and an English garden. But there’s also a Marais (“swamp”), a Blue Forest, a “winter garden,” a [...]

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Happy Autumn

It may have felt like fall already, but today is the first official day. Enjoy!

Free Concerts in the 12th

This charming pedestrian Bercy Village (shops, cafés, movie theater, and a big park) in the 12th is hosting free live music concerts every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm through August 29th. The program is eclectic, with a mix of pop, jazz, punk, blues, folk, soul and rock music performers from around the world. >more summer [...]

Off the Beaten Path

On the secluded southwest corner of the grounds of Hôtel des Invalides is this quiet topiary garden walled off from the Avenue de Tourville. It is far away from the entrances to les Invalides and the tourists. In my many visits here I have seen families, lovers, readers, walkers, and not infrequently a single person [...]

White Brights

Can’t get enough images of Paris in the recent snowfall? Here’s a fantastic album.

It’s Snowing!

Here’s a rare site–a snowman! Thanks to Rue Rude for this wonderful picture taken on rue Bonaparte.

Holiday Ideas for this Winter: Master Méribel

Skiing… the word conjures up images of log cabins, exhilarating days, and warm nights spent by blazing fires. There is nothing better than whizzing down a piste in the company of family and friends, or enjoying the camaraderie and laughs of ski school. Arguably, the best skiing available in Europe is to be had in [...]

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