April 14, 2015

Sunny Saint-Cloud

The past few days in Paris have been gloriously sunny. The masses are starting to come out of hibernation, giving the impression that the city’s population has magically doubled overnight.

A favorite Parisian pastime, besides that of soaking up the sun at a streetside café, is a leisurely afternoon spent in one of the capital’s lovely parks.

Many will tell you that there are no green spaces here, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You just have to know where to find them.

Over the weekend, I discovered the Parc de Saint-Cloud (officially le domaine national de Saint-Cloud) for the first time. Situated on 460 hectares (bigger than Central Park!), these impressive grounds are just a stone’s throw from Paris in the nearby suburb of Saint-Cloud.

le domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France
le domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France
le domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France
le domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France
le domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France
le domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France
le domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France

Pedestrians enter free of charge, and vehicles pay a nominal fee. Visitors can explore wooded trails, lounge on the greens, admire sculptures and fountains, rent bicycles or even grab a bite to eat in one of the park’s many restaurants.

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud
92210 Saint-Cloud

Open every day
March, April, September and October: 7:30 am-9 pm
May-August: 7:30 am-10 pm
November-February: 7:30 am-8 pm


Note: As the park is vast and spread over rolling hills, good walking shoes are advised.

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