Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is a large botanical garden located in central Paris. It also has a small zoo (Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes).

Above, central alley with the Grande Galerie de l’évolution of the National Museum of Natural History in the background.

Above, greenhouse.

Above, passage to the Alpine Garden.

Above, Alpine Garden (Jardin Alpin).

Above, pavillon at the top of the labyrinth.

Above, Grande Galerie de l’Evolution.

Above, line for the Museum of Natural History.

Lac Daumesnil (Bois de Vincennes)

Lac Daumesnil is an artifical lake located in Bois the Vincennes, in east Paris.

Below, the lake in spring.

Above, coot.

Above, Temple of Love.

Above, grotto below the Temple of Love.

Above, swans.

Below, the park in late fall.

Above, feeding the birds.

Above, group of geese.

Above, pavilion of Cameroon built for the Paris Colonial Exhibition in 1931. Nowadays, it is a Buddhist temple (Pagode du Bois de Vincennes).

Above, Temple of Love on Island of Reuilly.

Above, duck.

Below, the lake in late summer. The path was infested with runners so I didn’t stay long that time.

Petite Ceinture de Paris

The Petite Ceinture (“little belt”) was a railway in Paris that connected the city’s main train stations, forming a loop around Paris. It opened in 1854 and passenger service ended in 1934. Parts of the railway were still in use for freight service until the 2000’s but it has stayed mostly closed to the public until recently, when parks that follow the tracks have opened in the 16th, 15th and 13th arrondissement of Paris. There are also community gardens in the 18th and 12th arrondissement and more sections are set for development in the coming years.

Petite Ceinture in the 16th arrondissement

The 1.2km path starts near Jardin du Ranelagh.

Petite Ceinture in the 15th arrondissement

The 1.3km path goes from rue Olivier de Serre, near Parc Georges Brassens, to Balard, near Parc André Citroën.

Above, the other side of the tunnel seen from Parc Georges Brassens. That section is not open to the public yet.

Above, the park is popular with runners.

Petite Ceinture in the 13th arrondissement

This section of the Petite Ceinture has only been open since the beginning of 2016 and is the shortest of the three. It starts near Parc Montsouris, in the éco-quartier of Rungis.

Above, modern architecture near the park.

Parc de Saint-Cloud

The Parc de Saint-Cloud is a large park near Paris. It is located on the site of the Château de Saint-Cloud, a residence of royal and imperial families since the 16th century and destroyed in the 19th century. It has both a French and English-style garden, as well as a rose garden.

Above, Grand Fontaine. Unfortunately, it was not running when I visited.

Above, Bassin des Carpes.

Above, Bassin du Fer à Cheval.

Above, map of the park.

Above, French formal garden.

Above, path in the forest.

Above, Bassin des Chiens.

Above, stairs to a viewpoint and an English-style garden.

Above, Seine.

Above, rose garden.

Above, périphérique.