Thursday, May 19, 2005

Parc Floral de Paris

On Sunday the family took a drive to the Parc Floral at the Bois de Vincennes. We haven't been there for a while, but it is one of my favorite picture taking places in Paris. When we arrived no one was playing on the Paris sign so we took a couple of pictures. Here is one..

The Parc Floral de Paris (Paris Floral Park) is the Bois de Vincennes' 70-acre flower garden. It was a particularly nice day and the flowers were in bloom. There was a perfume in the air from all the colorful flowers. There are more than 200 varieties of tulips alone in this park.

Parc Floral is on the other side of town so we don't go too often, but it is a lovely place for the kids. There is......a Jardin des Papillons/Butterfly garden, a guignol/marrionette show, a jungle gym area, a concert area (more for grown ups), and a miniature train to take you around the park. We tried something new this Sunday.... the quadricycles. The kids thought these were great. The adults liked them a little less because it was very crowded and we had a lot of near misses -- but that's probably why the kids liked them so much!

One other activity that we've done in the past but didn't have time for on Sunday is the miniature golf. This place is so fun because each of the 9 "courses" is a monument of Paris. For instance...you have to hit your ball through the arc of the Arc de Triomphe.. kind of thing. My son was not happy about missing the mini-golf! He thinks the playing around the monuments is cool.

Before we left the park area I took a picture of the Chateau de Vincennes -- which is very close by. French kings lived in this residence until the 18th century. For some time it was used as a prison where some famous men were jailed: le Grand Conde, the marquis de Sade, and Diderot. Now it is owned by the Army and open to the public.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
7:18 PM



again, a great post that inspires me and makes me want to take my kids out and show them all the beauties and fun of Paris. but Auntie M, i have to ask you. don't you ever just stay home with the kids watching tv and eating junk food?

# posted by irene : 7:31 PM  

I am so jealous. That looks like so much fun. I think I cleaned the house on Sunday.....

# posted by Anonymous : 9:11 PM  

Hey - you were over in my part of "town"!! We love Parc Floral!

# posted by Pat : 12:45 PM  

Irene, Actually I'm sure that my MIL thinks the kids watch too much tv! When I'm hope I like to relax and let the kids hang out -- that's why I try to get out as much as possible -- because I'm such a slug at home!
CMAC, My home is a wreck and it drives me crazy!
Pat, I always think of you when I pass those Ivry signs. If I lived near you I'd be at Parc Floral at lot!

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 3:56 PM  

I was there about two weeks ago! Loved it. The jazz festival was just starting. I thought the bonsai houses were brilliant. Got lost in the Bois though. ended up in the wrong direction! Oh well, good exercise. Love your website!!!!

# posted by Lainie : 2:57 AM  

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