Paris: Secret Garden Hideaways

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photograph courtesy of  weyerdk
photograph courtesy of weyerdk

Springtime in Paris equals the outdoors—lingering in the outdoor markets, lazing away the afternoon at a cafe, or finding a park bench in the sun. The city teems with legendary public gardens like the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Tuileries, and the Jardin des Plantes, but there are also lots of secret garden hideaways worth tracking down for those days when you feel like being alone.

One of the these is the Garden of Peace at UNESCO headquarters in the 7th arrondissement. Landscaped in 1958 all representing the harmony between nature and mankind. Admission to the garden is free.

To visit UNESCO, go to the reception desk and exchange some form of identification for a visitor’s pass. To register for a guided tour of the building and its art collection—which includes works by Calder, Giacometti, Le Corbusier and Miró—contact the visitor’s center through

Also worth a visit is UNESCO’s basement library, which has a good English language press section, including the IHT, The Atlantic Monthly, and Harper’s.

UNESCO is located at 7 place de Fontenoy. Metro: Ségur or Cambronne.

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