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Parc Montsouris, Paris

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One of the most colorful Parisian parks, Parc Montsouris was opened in 1878, designed by Alphand for the Baron Haussmann. Long stretches of gently sloping lawns surround a large man-made lake and waterfalls. You'll see bronze statues among the 1,400 trees, which include exotic giant sequoias and ginkgos. The park is featured in the film Cléo de 5 à 7, and is popular with families (there are two playground areas for children) and students. Plan my day in Paris using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Not located in the centre of Paris so I only discovered it last summer. Very nice park to spent a few hours walking in, sitting on a bench reading a book by the lake. Only drawback is bike are not all...  more »
  • very nice Park. Recommend to visit it in spring or summer to enjoy the colours of flowers! enjoy
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  • This vast park style "English garden" which dates back to Napoleon III, who wanted to beautify Paris, is my favorite, because it is a true green lung for the South of the capital. I go there often, and lately because of the time it was closed. From the beautiful days come, you can walk in the aisles and thematic parts of this large space, which remains peaceful. The lake shimmers already under the March Sun and the inhabitants of these places begin to manifest, forcefully chirping and polyphonic songs. I also like to contemplate the many works dotting this park with "Apollo", the "two bathers", topped 'Peace army' column, the fountain "First thrill", the castaways "etc and so on!" The arrival of narcissi in lawns, is already a sign that delights us, punctuating yellow, soft green. There are few people on this day of the week in early March, and it's a real pleasure to be a priest of green! Well, the stands are still closed, it must be a reason. But, on the other hand, in this context also peaceful and bucolic, sitting on a bench at the scenery, we'd almost want to "Poëtiser"
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  • It’s a beautiful park to relax and wind down. With a small lake and a variety of greenery! It’s lovely through all the seasons!
  • Great place to chill and relax during spring and summer. Many activities available for kids - playground, pony rides, etc. Many animals are also present :)
  • Nice park to do some running rounds — if the smog from the adjacent main street wouldn't be...
  • This is the perfect place if you want to bring your kids with you or your pet
  • One of the few large parks in Paris. Parc Montsouris is located in 14th arrondissement. Lovely open grassed areas large trees. There's also a nice restaurant which overlooks the park called the Pavillon Montsouris. The park is good for exercising with plenty of runners. Nice place to have a picnic in summer too. There are public transport links located nearby with Tram 3 station "Cité Université" and RER B stop Cité Université" too. The parc is hilly and there are some gym classes that are offered by the Town Hall of which further information can be obtained from the Mairie de Paris website. There is also a large lake in the park with ducks and swans which can be nice to look at for your children. In addition they have a recently renovated children's play area which gives an idea for parents when the weather is nice. In the spring and summer there are sometimes some small concerts which are organised. Near to one of the entrances near to the play area there is a kiosk which sells pancakes and waffles with some outside seating available. Sometimes there is a small puppet show which is held which is entertaining. You should check on the times and days when this is available to avoid disappointment. Finally, the natural landscaping and statutes around the park could provide some interest for budding artists to spend the day painting or sketching.
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