18 January 2014

PARIS TRAVEL GUIDE

PARKS AND CEMETERIES

To continue with the Paris Travel Guide I thought I'd do a post on those outdoor spaces that fill in the gaps between museums, art galleries and going for meals.

1. JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG
The main parks in Paris are completely different to ones I'm used to. They're not green and wild so much as dusty and very ordered, and benches are generally replaced with lots of separate chairs.The Jardin du Luxembourg is my personal favourite, although there's many that I haven't been to that I'd like to visit such as the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. I'm not as taken with the Tuileries, I think it's because I'm not so keen on that particular area of Paris. But you really get a sense of how important the gardens are to Parisian culture; they're central to the relaxed and informal way of life that most people seem to lead (at least it seems relaxing to me from the outisde- but then I think of the drivers in Paris and no, no it's not all that relaxed at all.)



( all three taken of me by tasha) 

There are a couple of other small parks/seating areas I like, the Jardin Anne Frank which is down a little alleyway across the street from the Pompidou Centre (it's also just next to a doll museum which I haven't been to but could be really good) and the small garden directly outside Bon Marché, which you can see below in a photo that Tasha took last time we were there. 


2. CIMITIERE DE MONTMARTRE
Okay, so let me tell you about this cemetery. There's lots of good people buried here such as François Truffaut and Degas, but there's also a ton of cute cats that come out in the morning. They even have little cat boxes dotted around the place so they actually live there, maybe to kill the rats or something! They're a bit wild with crazy fur and scary eyes, and they didn't let us go up and pet them. Proper strays. Me and Tasha went there practically every morning to hang out with the cats before continuing with our other plans- we know how to start the day off right. Just a kitty/graveyard photoshoot in the bag before half ten.







( last photo taken by tasha) 

3. CIMITIERE DU MONTPARNASSE
Everyone has to visit the Cimitière de Montparnasse when they come to Paris cause this is where Serge Gainsbourg is buried, and his grave is totally crazy with loads of photos and metro tickets placed there by fans. There are lots of cherry blossoms and flowers around the place which makes for plenty of good floral photo opportunities in between scanning the graves for famous people.



(last photo of me taken by tasha)