Jardin de la Nouvelle-France, a Hidden Peace Haven along the Champs-Élysées

Although you may pass it by many times without noticing it, we warmly invite you to have look when you’re around at this little peace haven, perfectly hidden and discrete behind the Grand Palais. Located on the edge of Cours la Reine, the Jardin de la Nouvelle France was created in the 17th century by Marie de Médicis herself. It was named after a former French colony in the current Canada and is today a pleasant stopover, offering quietness and a bucolic scene far from the tumult of the nearby Champs-Élysées.

Jardin de la Nouvelle-France, a Hidden Peace Haven along the Champs-Élysées

It is just between a white-marble sculpture of Alfred de Musset and the busts of Jacques Cartier and Samuel Champlain –known for discovering Canada– that you will find rustic and uneven staircases opening up on what looks like a mysterious green world. And indeed, this tiny 0.7-ha garden is an unexpected wonderland of lilacs, maple and weeping beech trees. There is even a pond and waterfall, a wooden footbridge and benches to soak up the serenity.

Jardin de la Nouvelle-France, a Hidden Peace Haven along the Champs-Élysées

Jardin de la Nouvelle-France, a Hidden Garden by Marie de Médicis

Jardin de la Nouvelle-France, The Waterpond

Jardin de la Nouvelle-France, Hidden Behind the Grand Palais


Auvers-Sur-Oise, Sightseeing With Van Gogh

Auvers-Sur-Oise, Sightseeing With Van Gogh

Which are the most beautiful villages in Ile de France? We would say that there is no right or wrong answer since there are so many pretty towns around Paris. Although many people would agree that Auvers-sur-Oise is on their top list. Vincent Van Gogh described Auvers-sur-Oise as ‘Seriously beautiful’ in his correspondance with his […]

Street Art at the Top (of Ménilmontant)

Street Art at the Top (of Ménilmontant)

Do you know that 20ème arrondissement is a very important arrondissement in Paris in terms of street art ? Different from the 13eme arrondissement where the richness of the street art is driven by a local political strategy, the street art scene in the 20ème is purely created by local artists and it has been […]

Paris & Henry Miller

Paris & Henry Miller

If many have written about Paris, very few have given such as vivid picture of the city as Henry Miller (1891-1980). The American writer spent 10 years in Paris in the 1930’s, which were important as much for his career –a.o. with the meeting of writer Anaïs Nin, who supported him financially through the decade, […]

Private Choice 2020

Private Choice 2020

October in Paris always rhymes with art fairs, much to our pleasure! And while we are patiently waiting for the new edition of Asia Now next weekend, we had the chance to attend the private opening of Private Choice, the most magical art fair « at human size »! Every year, Private Choice means the assurance of […]

Emergences 2020, a Design Biennale

Emergences 2020, a Design Biennale

Last weekend, the Design Biennale Emergence had the good taste to take place at the Centre National de la Danse, in Pantin – a majestic brutalist building by Jacques Kalisz, initally built as an administrative centre and today turned into a contemporary dance venue. This session of the biennale was focusing on « Ressources » and was the […]

Belleville Opens the Doors of its Artists’ Studios

Belleville Opens the Doors of its Artists’ Studios

Last weekend was also the occasion for us to have a cultural stroll around our neighbourhood. The association Les Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville organised an open door weekend of about 85 different artists’ studios! For a lack of time, we decided to only visit the ones around our home. Still, that meant already a bit […]

Nuit Blanche 2020

Nuit Blanche 2020

The Nuit Blanche 2020 finally took place last night, despite the fear it may be canceled due to new restrictions. During this night the entire city is charged with all kinds of art installations and artistic performances, museums are open and the city becomes a big open air art center! The Nuit Blanche 2020 was […]

Around Ménilmontant – Tips & Treats

Around Ménilmontant – Tips & Treats

As mentioned in my previous post, the idea of this new blog is a.o. to share with you some bits of our lives, but also information about Paris and some advice based on our experience of the city. But when it comes to advising, what could we better talk about than our own neighbourhood? 😉 […]

Brussels + Beijing = Paris

Brussels + Beijing = Paris

When Nikki and I met a few years ago, and after starting to dig through Paris’s secrets and discovering what’s going on outside the périphérique, we soon started a blog, which we called “Brussels Beijing Paris”, after the cities we were from and the one we met and live in. We wanted to relate our […]

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