Dec 7, 2012

A Continentalist in Paris: Parc de Saint-Cloud

While the Jardin du Luxembourg or the Jardin des Tuileries may be Paris' better-known parks, this one - officially the Domaine nationale de Saint-Cloud - is definitely my favorite.

H visited last weekend so we took T for a walk in the Parc de Saint-Cloud.

The best part is the hilltop view over Paris (including the Eiffel Tower), but from the playground to the general layout it's a fantastic piece of the Ile-de-France. Though I'm not proud of Prussians' role in the destruction of the Chateau de Saint-Cloud in the late 19th century (though the French themselves firebombed it!), the lack of palace adds a unique sense of haunting to the grounds - a bit like Monbijou Park in Berlin.

The other side of the park, by Marnes-la-Coquette, has a little publically accessible farm with donkeys, goats, and various species of fowl. Since it's a long way for little legs to walk, it'll be worth a future visit.

Triva! The end part of the video to Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" was shot in the park.

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