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August 14, 2006
From journal Weekend Trip to Paris
April 25, 2003
But, this is expansive greenery with twisted, gnarled-wood railed (actually metal made to look like wood) paths leading you to enclaves of surprising sights. Wooden pavilions, little bridges -- at every turn, one sees the unexpected. Its designer, Adolphe Alphand, had lots of room to create; the park is about 5,000 acres and has around 600,000 trees. It’s an "English" style park, meaning rugged and a little wild, and informal in contrast to the more usual French, formal neo-classical gardens like the Tuilleries.
In medieval times, this area was the scene of the gibbet with public executions; still later, there were gypsum quarries here. Finally, it became a garbage dump. When the Baron and Napoleon III decided that their splendid city should have large parks at all four points -- north, south, east, and west -- work began to convert the dump into this park that opened after four years of overhaul in time for the World Fair of 1867.
Here are pony walks, swings, boats for hire, and puppet shows; the planners thought a people who could enjoy beautiful outdoor places like this Parc would be less inclined towards protests or revolts. The Baron and Napoleon were wrong, as the Communard insurrection of 1871 contradicted their reasoning, but future generations of Parisians as well as visitors have enjoyed the fruits of their city plans. In the nineteenth arrondissement at Botzaris and Manin, the park can be reached by metro to Buttes de Chaumont station. Recently, this area has become a "hot spot" for development with ethnic eateries popping up, reflecting an influx of foreigners. Its park has thus attracted more patronage, some of the infamous kind. Suicides have unfortunately chosen its 63 meter suspension bridge a little too often, thus calling for preventive measures to deter such deathly choice. Stroll along some of its five kilometers of paths, enjoy the vistas, and see unusual plants that Napoleon III specifically desired in a park he thought should be "a monument to plants." This "bald mountain," open daily, allows picnics, unlike other Parisian parks.
From journal Striking Paris-Outdoor Artistry, Symmetrical City
Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
November 28, 2000
From journal Do you love Paris?