RENT a rowboat in warmer months on the lower lake of the Bois de Boulogne, on the western border of Paris’s 16th arrondissement. The wooded gardens are more than triple the size of London’s Hyde Park and provide great birdwatching opportunities, leisure amenities and picnic spots. Les Bateaux du Bois de Boulogne (near the Pavillon Royal) rents boats for about j20 ($25) for two hours; this being carefree Paris, there seems little concern for lifejackets or signing waivers, but you may be asked for a security deposit. The season is from midFebruary to mid-november, seven days. More: parisinfo.com.