It’s been a little over 2 months since I came to Paris, and time is really beginning to fly! Next week I have the privilege of going to Italy for Easter, and shortly after that I am off to Amsterdam for a workshop. I have been learning so much about myself here as a person and a dancer, and I know there is more yet to come.
Spring is officially here in Paris, and while we’ve still had quite a few cloudy, rainy days, things are beginning to bloom. As the weather gets cheerier, naturally I’ve been on the mission to find some of the beautiful parks and green spaces hidden around Paris. Aside from the major parks like Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Tuileries, which can get packed with tourists and locals alike, there a many other parks— small and large— scattered around Paris.
One of my favorites is Coulée Verte René-Dumont. It’s quite like the New York High Line, running alone a disused railway line. You get a beautiful view of the city, complete with flowers, trees and benches so you can stay as long as you like. Another is Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, which sits in the 19th arrondissement. Farther out from central Paris than most tourists wander, it’s a beautiful and large park, set in a former gypsum and limestone quarry. Overall there are several small parks around Paris, and the farther out you go the larger and more beautiful they seem to get!