Travel Tuesday: Parc Monceau

There are many amazing parks and gardens in Paris, each one different from the other. Depending on my mood and the time of the year, and even depending on the time of the day, I might prefer one over another. As I posted about a couple of weeks ago, the Jardin des Plantes is my favorite garden in Paris, but it's not really a "park" per se, as there are no areas to lay in the grass, which to me is a critical factor when lounging in a park.

If you've never been to Paris before, it might surprise you that many of the public green spaces are off limits to people, meaning that you must remain on the path or in the chairs or benches provided. That results in perfect and beautiful parks and gardens, because they are unmarred by man. But I love to throw down a blanket and spend the entire day there, reading, napping, eating, people watching, taking photos, sketching, etc. so finding the perfect park was top on my list of things upon exploring the city.

In future posts, I will post on more parks and green spaces, but today we're going to get to know one of my favorite spots to spend the day on a blanket, Parc Monceau. Located in the fancy 8th arrondissement just north of the Arc de Triomphe, this isn't an area that I explore often. I visited Parc Monceau on my second trip to Paris on a tip from a friend. It was the dead of winter, but that didn't matter. The trees were big and beautiful, stripped of their leaves, leaving behind the pure architecture of the branches, and the crowds were minimal. I was in love.

I've also been there in the spring, summer, and fall, and unlike winter, it is one of the liveliest parks in town, full of people picnicking, jogging, playing, and tons of children running around and taking guided walks on horseback around the park paths. Unlike the peace and quiet of winter, it had an energy all to its own, and watching Parisians enjoy a day in the park is unlike anything else you'll ever do. The park is a leveler, reducing everyone, even the chicest of ladies, to a child-like wonder.

Mixed in with rose gardens, green spaces, and winding paths are sculptures and ruins from when the park was originally built in 1778. There is also a small pond, modern play areas for children, and public bathrooms. It is an ideal way to spend your day in Paris. Have you been to this park? I'd love to hear about your stories! Please share in the comments for me and the other readers!

All photos shot by me