The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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: paris­

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