Discover Paris & New York: Strollin’ In The Park

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Jardin du Luxembourg

Situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens were created by the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. The gardens of 60 acres are split between French and English-style gardens. Between the two is a geometric forest and a large pond. There is also an orchard with many old varieties of apples, an apiary for you to learn about bee-keeping, a greenhouse with a collection of breathtaking orchids, and a rose garden. Here, you can play chess, read a book, or spend time with a loved one. 

Parc Monceau

The construction of Parc Monceau dates back to the 17th century, under the orders of the Duke of Chartres. Visitors can enter the park through the great wrought iron gates embellished with gold. Walking around the park, you’ll find many beautiful surprises. The park is unusual in France due to its "English" style: it is an informal layout consisting of many curved walkways and randomly placed statues. The randomness of the park distinguishes it clearly from the more traditional, French-style garden. It includes a collection of scaled-down architectural features, a Renaissance archway belonging to the former Paris City Hall, spectacular trees and a large pond. Parc Monceau is surrounded by luxury buildings and sumptuous mansions, including the Musée Cernuschi (Museum of Asian Arts). It is a peaceful and pleasant park to spend time in during the beautiful springtime.

Jardin des Tuileries

The Tuileries Garden separates the Louvre from Place de la Concorde and is a cultural walking place for Parisians and tourists alike. Created by Catherine de Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually opened to the public in 1667, and became a public park after the French Revolution. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was the place where Parisians celebrated, met, promenaded, and relaxed. It was re-landscaped in 1664 by André Le Nôtre, the famous gardener of King Louis XIV. The gardens’ two ponds and Maillol, Rodin or Giacometti statues are perfect for relaxation. Inside, the Musée de l’Orangerie, shows works of Monet, including his most famous series, Water Lilies.

Now we're in New York... 

Central Park

Central Park became America's first major landscaped public park. It was July 1853 the New York State Legislature put the law in place to set aside more than 750 acres of land central to Manhattan Island. It was socially conscious reformers that understood the need for a great public park for the improvement of public health and the development of civil society. Today, it draws around 35 million visitors every year and is home to more than 500 different species of plants and animals. You’ll find something new every time you go, from vast meadows, open waters, performance artists, classical monuments and architecture.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge Park is an example of true innovation in a city space. The park is a modest 85 acres across the water front and stretches 1.3 miles along the East River edge. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, there is huge variety of space to enjoy. The park includes active and passive spaces from playgrounds, sports courts, roller rink and lawns to a greenway; it also has 6 piers! What makes the Brooklyn Bridge Park special is the ecology and sustainability aspect of its development and growth. Much of the park is made using recycled and salvaged materials and habitats have been recreated to ensure the ecology of the park has the right conditions to flourish. As a side project the BBP is also in partnership with Billion Oyster Project and is helping to restore Oysters to New York Harbour.

The High Line

The High Line is another innovative project bringing green areas to a concrete jungle. It represents New York’s ambition to transform and adapt. Using an abandoned elevated train track for its foundation the project has bought nature and beauty to the industrial West Side. The views on offer include the Hudson River and the downtown New York skyline. There are huge murals and abstract sculptures attracting the artistic Chelsea gallery scene with the occasional performance piece. In summer you’ll find the mostly indigenous flowers in bloom and will be surrounded by artisan ice cream sellers. We recommend lounging on a comfy chair to sit back and people watch as the city dwellers scuttle beneath you.

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