Parc des Buttes Chaumont

The weather here is warm again! But that also means that we’re back to dreary skies and rain. James has some time off coming up, so we’re hoping to check some sightseeing trips off our list.

Our latest adventure in Paris was an afternoon in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, and I am in LOVE with it! Yes, it’s man-made and a little kitschy, but it’s also super dog-friendly and so green! Even now in the middle of winter, we were surprised at how lovely it was. We saw a lot of people playing fetch/walking their dogs and a surprisingly amount of people running (the French are not really known for working-out, especially running in public). A absolutely wonderful break from the busyness of Paris!

The Buttes Chaumont is located in the 19th and was created under the orders of Napolean III and during all the reconstruction of Paris by Baron Haussmann. My favorite part of the park is the Temple of Sybil that sits atop a rocky hill of sorts and the lake surrounding it. There’s also a grotto and waterfall, which both sound lovely, but the waterfall was not going when we were there, so it didn’t really have the same effect. Next time!

It was so nice to get a mini-break from the city!

James and I are still plugging away at our respective positions and looking forward to having some visitors in the summer. I really need to start working on my thesis/research/internship paper…sometimes I forget I’m still in grad school. Ugh. 🙂