My secret Paris
I get asked a lot about what an Anti-Tourist is. Simply put, it's a lifestyle, and a way of exploring the world that goes beyond Lonely Planet guidebooks or cliched monuments to snap a pic of. Sure, those monuments and places are famous for a reason and they're well worth a visit, but when you delve deeper and really explore the place you're in, you find yourself lost in an amazing new world, and most times, you're the only one who knows about it.
That's what happened one grey afternoon in Paris, when we discovered Parc Monceau.
Nestled away in the 8th arrondissement, Parc Monceau covers a sizeable, but walkable 20 acres of Paris. Built in 1779 in the fashionable English style, the park is peaceful and quiet - a surprising feat considering it is in the middle of Paris' hustle and bustle!
Great gilded gates invite you inside, where you cross from the urban to the natural jungle. Inside, trees whisper, children play and fitness lovers jog by. We walked happily along, golden leaves crunching beneath our feet. From the beautiful Roman colonnade surrounding a water lily pond, to an Egyptian pyramid and a bridge modeled on Venice's Rialto, the park echoes Paris' past extravagance and love for beautiful aesthetic.
People-watch, admire the landscape, close your eyes and relax.
No rush. No noise.
Check out opening times here. Grab a blanket, some wine and cheese, and watch life go by from under a willowy tree. You're in no hurry. Welcome to the Anti-Tourist way of life.