Autumn Leaves in Small Parisian Parks

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They say the first step to either recovery or to coping with addiction or other disproportionate behaviour is admitting that you have a problem.

I am completely intoxicated and head-over-heels about Autumn in Paris. To some, it is a mild form of eccentricity, to others utter madness. To me, there is always a not so little joy to be taken out of taking pictures of golden leaves and the evidence of Autumn all around the city.

To nurse my little problem I have drafted a list of potential parks to go to during this season to get my fix of stunning colours and falling leaves. The usual suspects are of course on the list – Bois de Boulogne, Bois de Vincennes (which is not far from where I stay), Luxembourg etc..

Nonetheless, the thrill of chasing autumn and its colours, its leaves will inevitably come from the less known, lower profile parks and gardens. Thanks to “Discover France” (click here) I’ve put together a list of gardens to see that may not be the biggest or best known but will definitely be an important part of the autumn itinerary:

Jardin Atlantique; Métro: Gaité
Jardin du Bassin de l’Arsenal; Métro: Bastille
Jardin des Halles; Métro: Les Halles
Jardin des Plantes- Botanical Gardens; Métro: Censier-Daubenton, Monge, or Gare d’Austerlitz
Parc André Citroën; Métro: Balard.

Parc de Bagatelle; Métro: Porte Maillot.
Parc de Bercy; Métro: Bercy
Parc de la Terlure; Métro: Château Rouge
Parc Monceau; Métro: Monceau (apparently Marcel Proust used to hang out here quite often)

Parc Georges Brassens; Métro: Convention.
Place des Vosges / Square Louis XIII; Métro: Chemin Vert, Saint-Paul.
Square des Arènes de Lutèce; Métro: Jussieu (this arena is traced back to the 1st Century during the Gallo-Roman period)