This statue in the Jardin de la Nouvelle France is steps off the crowded Champs-Élysées. Creative Commons image by Brett Hammond
Hidden parks can offer urban escapes, a wealth of trivia about a city’s history, and a curious diversity of flora and fauna. But, especially when discussing tucked-away gardens in the French capital, romance and beauty certainly come to mind. Paris boasts more than 400 parks and gardens spread over 20 arrondissements, many of which are internationally famous. But, this being the city of hidden passages and out-of-the-way cafés, it’s no surprise there’s also quite the collection of poetic escapes, many of which are located in the shadows of some of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. During a month when many Parisians are on holiday, it’s fun to plan (or at least daydream) about exploring the fringes of La Ville Lumière.