Sunday, April 26, 2009

Parc Buttes Chaumont

Amy arrived on Saturday the 4th. Once we got her baggage situation figured out (boo on Air France for losing ALL of it), we stopped by my apartment and then went out to meet some friends at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont for a fun -- and tiring-- day of sightseeing.

The Parc des Buttes Chaumont is in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. I never knew this existed until I first started looking for apartments in Paris. From the maps I looked at I could tell it was decent-sized, but I didn't realize just how big it really is. And it's gorgeous. I'm so glad my friend Agenor suggested we go there.

We hiked up and down the different hills, making fun little discoveries left and right.

My friend Agenor enjoying the waterfall.
Didn't expect stellagtites...

A nice view of Sacre Coeur from the little pavillion on the hill...

Being in the Parc was a nice little escape from the city. It's so nice to find places that allow you to escape from the frenetic hustle and bustle of the city, but still get home in time to do laundry, work, and get a normal night's sleep. (Ames and I did this several times--and some of them actually were out of the city, but just a short and painless train ride away.)

These pictures don't do justice to the beauty of the park. I didn't take as many pictures showing just how lush and green it is-- down in the valleys of these tall hills you can lose sight of the city skyline completely and feel like you're in a little oasis. You can't even hear the city, which to me is it's own little miracle. :)


Jess said...

Wow, the pictures are beautiful. I am so envious.

Denise said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thanks for these posts. These are the things you do not see when you are there for only a week.

Sarah said...

Thanks, Jess!

Denise, you're so right. That's one of the things I'm really enjoying, is finding these little hideaways that I can visit if I ever get the chance to come back to Paris. The Eiffel Tower is great, of course, but how many times can you visit it? The gorgeous Parc Buttes Chaumont, however... that's a visit I could make again and again. :)