The City of Paris acquired these gardens from a rich diamond merchant who had them landscaped according to his fancy. Of course, there was no traffic at the turn of the century. The area features a Japanese garden, a Vosge forest, a rock garden, a French-styled park, a small lake bordered with trees, and a beautiful English garden. The last weeks of spring are the best time for a visit.





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This 56-acre park was opened in 1969 to host the Festival of Flowers. It was designed in contemporary style, complete with concrete pavilions and monumental sculptures by Calder, Agam, Penalba and Stahly. An enclosed walkway leads to a greenhouse featuring orange trees, mimosa and camelias.
There is also an exhibition hall and a children’s playground. Rowboats and bicycles can be rented at the lakes. Vincennes also houses, adjacent to the Parc Floral, the famous collective theater, the Théâtre du Soleil at La Cartoucherie, founded by Ariane Mnouchkine in the late 1960s.





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Opposite the place de la Concorde. Sixty acres (24 hactares) designed by Le Nôtre stretching from the place de la Concorde to the place du Carrousel, inclunding a splendid Orangerie which houses temporary exhibitions and the Jeu de Paume museum, now renovated to house major temporary exhibitions of 20th century art. A mini Arc de Triomphe built in 1805 commentares Napoleon’s victories, smaller than the real one which you can see by taking the path through the centre of the gardens.




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