Hidden Gardens of Paris


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Travellers, gardeners, Paris-ophiles will all love this delightful book that explores the tucked away and off-the-beaten-track green spaces in what many think of as a predominantly grey limestone and marble city, accented only by black railings and red canopies.

Away from the crowds, though, Cahill has unearthed flowers and tall old trees, fountains, sculptures and the company of quiet Parisians taking the sun and relishing the peace. 

And many are truly hidden, such as the Jardin se l'Atlantique out of sight on the roof of the Gare Montparnasse, or the enchanting Jardin de la Vallée Suisse, invisible from  the street and accessible only by a secret path. And who would have thought that the Square Boucicaut, hidden inside a grove of oak and maples, holds a children's carousel?

There is much, much more - around forty - that are known mostly only by locals - but which now, with the assistance of this unique book are for all of us to discover and enjoy.

Hidden Gardens of Paris, a guide to the parks, squares and woodlands of the city of light, by Susan Cahill, St Martin's Griffin, 2012, paperback, illustrated, ISBN 978 0 312 67333 8. RRP US$19.95

 

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