Paris has no shortage of beautiful parks to stop and enjoy a picnic or collect your thoughts. Among the more popular parks are, of course, Jardin du Luxembourg and the Tuileries Gardens.
But tucked away in the seventeenth district is by far my favorite park in Paris, and somewhat of a hidden treasure. Parc Monceau is a haven for runners and people out for a Sunday stroll. Even with the cold weather there are always families taking their children to ride the merry go round or fly a kite.
Scattered throughout the park are sculptures and makeshift ruins, giving this park a Greek or Roman atmosphere. And, despite the winter weather, the grass is green and the flowers are still in bloom!
Just a few minutes walk from the Arc de Triomphe, Parc Monceau is a nice haven from the hustle and bustle of the Les Marchés de Noël (the Christmas market). It is one of my favorite spots to plop with a book (and now that it’s freezing a lot of layers) and read for a few hours. There is really nothing more peaceful in Paris then taking advantage of the parks and gardens. Each park has its own atmosphere and charms. Parc Monceau has a lake, ruins, a gorgeous view and it is definitely not a touristy spot. So if you’re looking for some quality park time, and want to feel more like a local, I suggest you take a hike out to the seventeenth. If reading in the park in winter weather is not your ideal activity, at least come and see the “ancient” ruins before strolling to the Arc and down the Champs Elysées to the Christmas Market. There is no shortage of vin chaud or crepes this season and plenty of other goodies to warm your insides!