Se­cret gar­dens of Paris

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Se­cret gar­dens of Paris

Pro­vin­cial Liv­ing’s “Paris cor­re­spon­dent”,

Lizz Casey, lets us in on the French cap­i­tal’s loveli­est se­crets – peace­ful gar­dens off the tourist track, where you can lose your­self for hours…

These gar­dens, which link to­gether dif­fer­ent cul­tures and tra­di­tions,

are a sym­bol of in­ter­na­tional bonds.

When you travel to a new city, what do you look for? Do you seek ad­ven­tures in its streets? Shop­ping ar­eas where you can dis­cover unique finds? Mu­se­ums brim­ming with history? Breath­tak­ing ar­chi­tec­ture?

For me, se­cret green spots are al­ways the first things I hunt for when I find my­self in a new city. The story of The Se­cret Gar­den by Fran­cis Hodg­son filled my child­hood with dreams of my own per­sonal se­cret gar­den. Not all se­cret gar­dens have high walls or keys, how­ever. Our in­ner child can al­ways find these se­cret places, wher­ever they may be.

In a city such as Paris, where kings and wealthy fam­i­lies have adorned their homes with mag­nif­i­cent gar­dens for cen­turies, it’s a real ad­ven­ture to dis­cover the wealth of green spa­ces hid­ing in each ar­rondisse­ment, and in the Ile de France re­gion sur­round­ing the city.

Liv­ing in Paris, I’m lucky enough to visit my favourite gar­dens all year round. Although I can­not pos­si­bly tell you all the won­der­ful places wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered in the French cap­i­tal, here are just a few of my favourite gar­dens in and around Paris…

Le jardin d’Al­bert Kahn

Al­bert Kahn’s gar­dens are lo­cated in the west of Paris, in a town called Boulogne Bil­lan­court. There is a small fee to en­ter the gar­dens, but it is well worth the cost to visit them – they are pure magic.

Al­bert Kahn was a fa­mous banker and phi­lan­thropist in the early 20th cen­tury. He trav­elled the globe on an epic pro­ject to pho­to­graph ev­ery­thing of cul­tural in­ter­est in the world. His gar­dens re­flect this ob­ses­sion. Di­vided into dif­fer­ent ar­eas, you can find among them a Ja­panese gar­den, an English gar­den, a typ­i­cal gar­den from the Vos­ges and more. These gar­dens, which link to­gether dif­fer­ent cul­tures and tra­di­tions, are a sym­bol of in­ter­na­tional bonds. It is so fas­ci­nat­ing to walk across dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents, all in one huge space.

Ja­panese gar­den in le jardin d’Al­bert Kahn

Photos: Maru­god83/

Bon­sai ex­po­si­tion in le jardin d’Al­bert Kahn

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