When you see that bit of sunshine overhead as you peek out your hotel window first thing in the morning, yes it is cause to celebrate. Weather patterns in Paris can be somewhat unpredictable, with clear skies as early as March, and gray and rain as late as August, so when you are blessed with a day of sunshine and clear skies, by all means, take full advantage of it and head outdoors. If you are on somewhat of a time budget, a brisk, or leisurely, stroll through your nearest garden will get the circulation going. And the way that Paris is laid out, there is always a garden, often even a fairly large garden, close by no matter what part of the city you are staying in. Some of the good walking gardens are the Tuileries, Parc Monceau, Jardin de Luxembourg and Champ de Mars. If you’ve got a whole day ahead of you then be sure to choose from any of these whole day outdoor excursions : Bois de Vincennes, where there is the Parc Floral, the Château de Vincennes and a small lake for rowing you and your kids around in a rental row boat; Bois de Boulogne, through which it is delightful to walk and often even more enjoyable to ride a bicycle (Velib’) through ; Promenade Planté, an elevated pedestrian and bicycle path that leads from the Bastille all the way to Vincennes, and offers the peculiar sensation of walking along the Paris rooftops.
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