I remember when we first moved to the 16th people would always be like, “but that’s such a lame area, there’s nothing to do”, amongst other comments. I’ve always just been happy to live anywhere within Paris’s city limits. Paris is small, and always evolving. It’s easy to get around, so I really don’t give a rat’s ass about living in a “cool” neighborhood. I’d rather like my apartment than live near a bar I frequent… My personal opinion, but hey. This is just to say that Parisian “lame” neighborhoods can surprise you!
My mother-in-law, however, immediately said when we moved where we did: “You guys will be so close to the Serres d’Auteuil!” with such amazement and excitement. Well, she was right. We are very close to what is now one of my favorite places in all of Paris for a stroll: Les Serres d’Auteuil. The park and botanical gardens were initially created in 1761 before being abandoned. The greenhouses that are present today were built in 1895 when the city of Paris took it over.
This magical part of Paris is just on the city’s southern border. It consists of a complex of greenhouses in the middle of a beautiful park that is never crowded. Valerie and I went for a stroll there at the end of the summer on a hot day, and since I’ve really enjoyed going back in the autumn (Stacey Lamb took some awesome pictures of Olivia and I there, that I will share in the near future on here).
The park and botanical gardens are open year round, with free entry.
Brunch out on a summer day is always fantastic. The brunch scene in Paris has exploded, and it’s basically offered at every and any café in the city. One of my favorite spots is on one of the precious streets of Paris’s 7th arrondissement, L’Eclair.
I had been for a date with my honey, and couldn’t wait to try their brunch. When some girls who I met while in high school in Normandy were in town for the weekend, I figured it would be the perfect place to go on a Saturday morning for some nice conversation and some pastries.
The brunch at Eclair is 19 euros, and with it you get a coffee or tea of your choice, freshly squeezed orange juice, your own basket of pastries and sweets (even delicious cookies and brownies) and then eggs of your choice. Nadine, Sonia and Justine went with scrambled, I tried the oeuf à la coque. I had always wondered about them, and this was the first time I officially tried it, which made me a happy camper. It is a staple in the imagined French brunch, with the little glass cups that prop them up and strips of toast to dip.
We left quite stuffed.
Brunch on a terrace is one of the best thing about summer weekends.
32 rue Cler, 75007
Tél: 01 44 18 09 04
Métro: École Militaire/La Tour Maubourg (8)