A charming village located just 80 km West of Paris, Giverny’s picturesque gardens were the source of inspiration for Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s most esteemed works from 1883 until his death in 1926. The gardens and restored house have since become a pilgrimage for artists, tourists and nature lovers alike.
After a peaceful stroll through the cascades of flowers and weeping willows, take a short walk over to Le Jardin des Plumes, a Michelin-starred restaurant serving dishes as beautiful as the surrounding scenery. Or, lunch in one of the many quaint local restaurants near Monet’s house. Complete the day with a visit to the fabulous Museum of Impressionisms in the village.
Metro: Odéon (lines 4 and 10)
This beautiful park, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, covers 23 hectares and is known for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, and flowerbeds. The model sailboats on its circular basin will keep the kids busy for hours. For children, there’s an enclosed playground (small entry fee), a famous carousel with brass ring game, tennis and basketball courts, and pony rides.
Metro: Balard (line 8 and T3), Boulevard Victor (RER C)
What could be a better way of getting a bird’s eye view of Paris than to soar over the city in a hot-air balloon? Le Ballon de Paris has a montgolfier waiting for you in the Park André Citroen. Blast straight up 150 meters for an eye-popping aerial view of the French capital. Don’t forget to check the weather first!
Metro: Porte Dorée (line 8)
At this zoo, also known as the Vincennes Zoo, imagine you’re in the savanna, Patagonia, or in the tropical climates of Guyana and Madagascar. All year round, you can come here to encounter more than 180 animal species kept in conditions as close to their original habitat as possible.