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Top 3 Parks in Paris

There’s so much to love about Paris, but one of my favorite aspects of the city is its many gardens. When I spent two weeks in Paris as a student, I was so poor I couldn’t afford to do anything in the city. So each day I would explore a different park, find a secluded little spot, and spend the day reading.

It was actually a great way to see Paris, so I wanted to incorporate my favorite gardens into this trip, showing Greg my top three green places in the city.

Jardin du Luxembourg

This is my absolute favorite garden in all of Paris! The minute you step inside you feel as if you’re in an impressionist painting.

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The garden was built by Marie de’ Medici (she was the widow of King Henry IV if you’re wondering how she ended up in France). The Luxembourg Palace, where now the French Senate meets, serves as the focal point among lush, green lawns and vibrant, blooming flowers.

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

This is my favorite statue in the garden, the “selfie statue” as Greg and I like to think of it!

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I love this park so much I took Greg there for breakfast several times during our trip. We’d buy fresh croissants (and macarons!) on our way and eat them al fresco in the gorgeous gardens. It’s just about the most perfect way you can start a Parisian day.

Jardin du Luxembourg - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Champ de Mars

During our dinner in the Eiffel Tower, we watched the sun set over the Champ de Mars. We saw tiny people looking up at us, watching the Eiffel Tower light up around us. So on another night we headed to the park to become one of those people, seeing the Eiffel Tower from the outside rather than from within.

Champ de Mars - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

This is by far the most touristy of Paris’ parks, with men walking from group to group trying to sell cheap Eiffel Tower trinkets and, for the smarter entrepreneurs, beer and wine.

Champ de Mars - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Champ de Mars - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Nonetheless, the Champ de Mars offers unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower, so it’s worth having a picnic there one night.

Champ de Mars - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And then you’ll have a front-row seat as the sky darkens and the Eiffel Tower lights up.

Champ de Mars - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And there’s no better place to watch the Tower’s evening light show. In the summer it lasts for 5 minutes and happens every hour, on the hour, beginning at 11pm.

Champ de Mars - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin des Tuileries

This garden is located right in front of the Louvre, and is the perfect place to relax after what is sure to be an exhausting visit to the western world’s largest museum.

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The garden has many hedges which offer a surprising amount of privacy in such a popular park. You almost don’t feel like you’re right in the heart of everything, even though you are.

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

From the Jardin des Tuileries you can walk straight into the Place de la Concorde.

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And onto the Champs-Elysées, Paris’ most famous boulevard.

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Where finally, after a lot of walking, you’ll end up at the Arc de Triomphe.

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

When you’re there, if you still haven’t gotten your fill of walking, you can climb 284 steps up to the top.

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Where you’ll be treated to sweeping views of Paris.

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And you can look back on the Jardin des Tuileries in the distance!

Jardin des Tuileries - Top three parks in Paris - France travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

To paraphrase Audrey Hepburn, Parisian gardens are always a good idea!

(You can find all of my France travel posts here).

~A

P.S. My pink dress is by Alexis. You can shop the designer here. My blue and white dress is by Stylestalker and you can find it here.

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