$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time for discussion to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 10:00 am EST
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 11:00 am EST

Many of the parks so beloved by Parisians today were created in the 19th-century, during a period known as the Second Empire. From the elegant Parc Monceau, the stunning Buttes Chaumont, to the vast Bois de Vincennes, no Parisian needs to wander too far from home for a bit of nature and fresh air. How and why were those green gems created? Appalled by the city’s unhealthy conditions, Napoléon III looked to London as a model. When he hired Baron Haussmann to transform the city, Paris had only four parks. His landscape planner Adolphe Alphand envisioned a new city with “green and flowering salons” accessible to all Parisians. Virtually stroll through the prettiest, most opulent spots with a native Parisian, as he shares these histories with you.

You will:

  • Explore some of the most picturesque spots in Paris, such as Parc Monceau, Buttes Chaumont, and Bois de Vincennes.
  • Delight in both the majestic views and hidden corners of the city’s green gems. 
  • Learn how the English art of gardening inspired French landscape design.
  • See how urban green spaces were key to the modernization of Second Empire Paris.
  • Understand how this unique experience of nature is central to life in Paris, then and now.

Your educator, Julien Savadoux, studied both history and art history at Paris’ Sorbonne University, and graduated with a degree in cultural mediation. Julien has shared his passion for his hometown of Paris, as both guide and educator for several decades.  

You can also sign up for our series French Gardens.

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Image: The Temple of Sybille, Belvédère Island, Buttes Chaumont Park, Paris.

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