Bois de Boulogne

It was beautiful outside for N’s first full day back in Paris. We didn’t want to waste the Sunday, or the amazing weather, so went for a walk to the Bois de Boulogne. The park is over 2000 acres, so we only managed to see a little of it.

It was the day of the Euro final, so the streets were filled with fans, blowing horns, flying flags and getting ready for the match. It was a great atmosphere, but as soon as we got to the Bois (it means ‘wood’ in English), it felt like we’d stepped outside of Paris. So quiet and peaceful considering we were so close to the bustle of the city.

After walking through the woodland for a little while, we found the Lac Inferieur, which was absolutely huge in spite of its name. There were people all over the grass having picnics, and vendors selling ice-cream. We got a couple of scoops (it really was a sweltering day), and found a stand where you could hire rowing boats for a couple of hours. It was a perfect day for it and not as expensive as I was expecting, but the queues were way too long for us, so we’re leaving it for another day.

We walked all the way around the Lac, and found an island in the middle with a restaurant on it that you can only reach by boat – really want to go back there!

I was shattered after the walk, and my sandals were filled with sand, but it was a perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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