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Villa Borghese gardens – with kids or without

Posted by dan on December 18, 2010

Rome, Borghese Park

Borghese Park, Rome

Located right above some of the main sights in Rome, such as the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, it offers a quiet alternative to the busy streets below. Worth even only for the view from the terraces, either you go up from the Spanish Steps or Piazza del Popolo. A short and nice walk would be to go up at one of these locations, and come down at the other. The park can be approached from the top of the Monti area as well, and you could take shorter or longer walks in the tranquil gardens. Apart from the shady trees, ponds, fountains, monuments and sculptures, there are several museums and galleries, including of course the Borghese Gallery. There is also a zoological museum and an animal friendly and educational biopark – it’s not even called a zoo to make a point. You can get around on foot, on hired pedal-powered cars, segway (electronic two-wheeler) or a little train. There are carousels, a toddlers playhouse (maybe closed in winter), kiosks and cafes so you can easily spend a whole day up in the Villa Borghese gardens – with kids of any age, or even without.

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood” Tom Robbins

Further information:

Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery) official website: http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/edefault.htm

About the Villa Borghese gardens: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Borghese_gardens

Travel TipBioparco (Biopark) official website: http://www.bioparco.it/en/bioparco-in-rome.html

More about Rome: Rome attractions pictures & videos

Recommended hotel in the area:

L'Hotel Cinquantatre, RomeL’Hotel Cinquantatre ***

Via di San Basilio, 53 00185 Rome, Italy
Tel/Fax : (+39) 06 42014708

Official site: http://www.hotelcinquantatrerome.com/

See blog post: 53 – L’Hotel Cinquantatre

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Secluded oasis – Musée du quai Branly

Posted by dan on December 17, 2010

The vertical garden at Musee du quai Branly, Paris

The vertical garden at Musee du quai Branly, Paris

Just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower along the foot path there is a building covered with green vegetation. This is the vertical garden at the Musée du Quai Branly. Behind the sound-proofed glass wall that follows there is a secluded garden. The garden houses the Musée du quai Branly which displays indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The Cafe Branly, open air in the summer, is a good way to relax after a visit to the museum in the garden, overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

Musée du quai Branly official website in English: http://www.quaibranly.fr/en/

About Musée du quai Branly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_du_quai_Branly

About the vertical garden: http://www.frenchgardening.com/visitez.html?pid=1140712820340395

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Snapshots – the Latin Quarter

Posted by dan on December 12, 2010

One of the liveliest neighborhoods, starting from the Seine opposite Ile de la Cite and the Notre Dame on the Left Bank. Many main sights are located here, including the Pantheon. The litle streets behind it are full of restaurants, cafés and bars, many open around the clock. Rue Mouffetard is famous for its open market. The Luxembourg Garden is between the Latin Quarter and the Saint Germain des Pres area.


Suggested hotel in the area:

Select Hotel Rive Gauche ***
See blog post: Stylish design hotel at the Sorbonne – Hotel Select
Official website: http://paris-hotel-select.com/

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Parc Monceau – a secluded garden in Paris

Posted by dan on November 21, 2010

Carousel and buffet in Paris, Parc Monceau

Carrousel and buffet in Parc Monceau

Although the Luxembourg Garden is probably the most famous of all the parks in Paris, there are other smaller and bigger gardens and parks in every corner of the city. Parc Monceau is one of the better known ones – still, it is much less visited and more laid back. Located close to Champ Elysees in an elegant and quiet residential area, it is off the main tourist path and this definitely adds to its charm. Popular with locals – families with kids, couples and elder people – it is a nice place to retreat. Open from sunrise to sunset and there is free Wi-Fi.


Facts about the park:

“The park was established by Phillippe d’Orléans, Duke of Chartres, a cousin of the king. He started buying land on which to establish the garden in 1769, and employed Louis Carrogis Carmontelle to design the gardens. He was a close friend of the Prince of Wales, later George IV, and a lover of all things English. As a result, his aim was to create an informal English-style garden in the middle of Paris.”

“In 1793, during the French Revolution, the Duke was executed by guillotine and the garden was taken into public ownership.”

“Claude Monet painted a series of three paintings of the park in the spring of 1876. He painted two further paintings of the park in 1878.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parc_Monceau

Other gardens and parks in Paris: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_parks_and_gardens_in_Paris

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Suggested hotels close to the park:

Hotel Elysees Parc Monceau
Website: http://hotel-elysees-parc-monceau.com/
See also blog post: A tranquil pocket in an elegant neighborhood

Hotel Ampere
Website: http://parishotelampere.com

 

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Budget hotel at the Eiffel Tower

Posted by dan on November 18, 2010

Parc du Champs de Mars, the green park where the Eiffel Tower is located, lies between two districts. While the 7th on the east offers quite a few hotels and is a nice neighborhood, the 15th district should not be over looked either. It is a diverse residential area with more of a laid-back local feel. There are restaurants, cafes, bars, so it is definitely not dead even late in the evening. There are some real good delicacy shops and even a little market under the metro bridge. And best of all, hotels tend to be cheaper here while still having good access to sights either on foot or by metro.
Hotel du Petit Louvre, located just off Boulevard Grenelle, is a simple but decent hotel. Do not expect A/C or anything luxurious, but the rooms are adequate and clean, there is lift and TV in the rooms, staff is friendly and helpful, there is a free WiFi service. The hotel’s biggest advantages are its location – being about 5-10 minutes from the Eiffel Tower and the Seine on foot and right on a metro stop – and the very attractive rates it offers. A good base to explore Paris from, a good neighborhood to chill out in the evening and a decent place to spend the night.

Hotel du Petit Louvre **
1 rue de Lourmel 75015 – Paris – France
Tel : 33(0)1 45 78 17 12
Official web site: http://hotel-paris-petitlouvre.com/

See also blog post: Secluded oasis – Musée du quai Branly

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Angles – the Eiffel Tower

Posted by dan on November 17, 2010

Although I am still here in the UK, both physically and in soul, Paris is always on my mind. Having just recently visited the city, the memories are still very vivid. Paris has a million faces, it would be impossible to show it in any single work – book, film or any other means. However, you can take an event or an object out and look at it from different perspectives. This time I explored the Eiffeil Tower a little bit, looking at it from different angles.


See also blog post: Reu Cler

 

Suggested hotels close to the Eiffel Tower:

Hotel de l’Alma ***
See blog post: Hotel de l’Alma – good choice near Rue Cler and ET
Official website: http://alma-paris-hotel.com/

Hotel du Petit Louvre **
Official website: http://hotel-paris-petitlouvre.com
See blog post: Budget hotel at the Eiffel Tower

Hotel Baldi  **
Official website: http://baldi-paris-hotel.com

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