Bois de Boulogne is a large public park located on the wealthy west-side of Paris and was created in the mid-1850s. It covers an area of 845 hectares, much of it, as previously reported, wild and woody. In comparison, Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada, has an area of 405 hectares, and some of it might be found to be wild and woody too.
On this adventure we took the Métro to Les Sablons in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Upon leaving the station, things looked better immediately. Other people, family-type people, couple-like people, seemed to be heading in the same direction.
A short walk took us past an old gate house and into the park and its expanse of manicured lawns and well posted signage.
Within the boundaries of the Bois de Boulogne are several lakes, botanical gardens, a zoo and and an amusement park. It's also the home every year to the French Open tennis tournament, so it all bodes well that des toilettes are present somewhere.
Eventually we found ourselves walking through the Jardin d'Acclimatation, an amusement park devoted to children and families that has all kinds of rides and activities. There are the usual rides, plus an aviary and some climbing things. Ideal for a family outing in the summer or on le weekend.
Our walk continued as we made our way, past an old pigeonniere and a mirror-of-sorts, and on to Fondation Louis Vuitton. This part of Bois de Boulogne is impressive and civilized.
Photos by Jim Murray. Copyright 2015.