Our first visit to the lovely Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissement of Paris was only as a shortcut coming down from the 17th to the
Champs Elysées. We entered the park via Rue de Phalsbourg through the main gates on Boulevard de Courcelles and past the 'Rotunda'. This was actually a toll-house back in medieval times being part of the wall of the 'Farmers-General' a wall around the city erected by these powerful landlords to allow them to control and collect taxes for goods coming into the city.
On this occasion we left via the ornate gates onto Avenue Van Dyck with a great view of the
Arc de Triomphe
We have returned to actually visit the park and appreciate its many facets, from its open spaces used by the local office workers and tourists alike for picnicking or to take in some summer sun, its shady benches where you can rest you perhaps weary legs or even read, or strolling along its many paths looking at the sculptures and exploring the 'follies' of the park which include a pyramid and Corinthian pillars around the lake.
If you are looking for a tranquil place to spend some time being away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours, then stop off at this delightful park which
also has a play area for children, and free wi-fi
Video of Parc Monceau with pictures set to the song 'Au Parc Monceau' by Yves Duteil
If you are looking for something a bit different to do and want an example of how people lived in this prosperous part of the city then visit the nearby Nissim de Camondo Musee.
**You also have the option of taking Metro lines 1, 2, or 6 or the RER A line to Charles de Gaulle Etoile and walking down Avenue Hoche which runs straight to the park.
The park is famous as the place for the public exploits of balloonist André-Jacques Garnerin who is credited with inventing the first vented parachute. It was in fact into this very park the the first silk parachute drop took place.