The pace of city life for Parisian residents is rather intense. After the eternal métro-boulot-dodo (subway-work-sleep) Parisians take a big breath of fresh air on weekends.
An historic park
Before becoming the meeting place for Sunday walkers the Bois de Boulogne with its 900 hectares of green space was the old hunting ground of the Kings of France. Dagobert, Philip the Fair, Louis XVI… They all hunted bears, deer and other game here. Later it would become a place for fashionable strolls before falling into government hands. During the French Revolution it was almost totally destroyed by 40,000 Russian and British soldiers and it was Napoleon III who undertook major renovation work to restore the chalets, shelters, botanical gardens, brasseries, massive plantations, waterfalls, streams, etc. Nothing was too beautiful for the Emperor!
As you walk up and down the paths in the park you will be walking in the footsteps of renowned figures maybe even Marcel Proust the famous French writer who had his first asthma attack here at the age of 9.
Strolling or activities it’s up to you
If you decide to wander feel free. You can take the walkways, hop on a horse or pony to trot through up to 28 km of trails or for the more daring you can get on a bicycle and take the 15 km of bicycle-tour routes.
Do you prefer to relax by doing activities? Camping, boating, fishing or golf will entertain you.
As you wander around the park don’t miss these points of interest:
• the large waterfall
• the lower lake
• the upper lake
• the Longchamp racecourse
• the Parc de Bagatelle
• the Pré-Catalan (Catalonian Meadow)
And lastly the must-see zoological gardens!
Le jardin d’acclimatation (zoological gardens)
A magical world where you will discover luxurious vegetation, many tree species, domestic and exotic alike, endless flowers, a vegetable garden to whet the appetite… Enough for you to make with Nature!
Love animals? A little tour of the zoo and pigeon house is a must!
More than just a botanical garden the zoological garden offers many activities year-round. For children it might be learning how to plant a vegetable garden, to make an herbarium, to make candy using flower scents… Grown-ups can learn the art of perfumery, tea or painting.
If you are in Paris around Easter don’t miss the traditional Easter egg hunt!