Reading Room: Hidden Gardens of Paris

Despite my very un-green thumb, I’ve been in a gardening mood lately. Fitting that I just scored a copy of Susan Cahill’s just released out-of-the-box travel guide to Paris called “Hidden Gardens of Paris” and it’s making me yearn for the City of Light. This isn’t one of those gorgeous coffee table books you’ll rarely look at. This is a put your walking shoes on, we’re gonna turn over every nook and cranny to make sure you don’t miss any of the greenery guide. I’m not a huge fan of printed travel guides as they are typically packed with tourist traps and out of date information. But, this book takes you on a fabulous secret garden adventure, offering history lessons and nearby attractions like great independent book shops and quiet tree lined neighborhoods. If you’ve been to Paris and have tired of the usual sites, this offers an off the beaten path perspective of the same glorious city. Grab your copy HERE on Amazon.

And just for kicks, here is a photo I took four years ago at this exact time of year in one of the most famous gardens in Paris, Jardin des Tuileries. It too is listed in the book with its long and violent history. Though you’d never know this was ever a place of anguish. As Cahill points out—Edith Warton once wrote in regards to a stolen moment with her love in the Tuileries, ” Never had we been happier. ..Blissful hours.”

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