When Molly and I strolled through the Jardin des Plantes on a Saturday afternoon it was full of families and kids running through the lined bosquets trees.
Place Vosges, in the heart of the Marais District, is one of the more pleasant places to spend an afternoon in Paris. Molly and I recently enjoyed a shady picnic lunch under its bosquet of linden trees and watched teenagers throw each other into the many fountains throughout the grassy park.
Paris has a wealth of public space but Luxembourg Gardens is my favorite. There is a dark past to every corner of Paris and Luxembourg Gardens is no different.
Today, the canal is used mostly by students who crowd both banks each evening to drink and smoke and flirt and watch people go by.
We hopped from one literary-landmark cafe to another, drinking Pernod and white wines until we found ourselves staring up at Notre Dame in a thunderstorm.
If you had told me a year ago that I would see the vast majority of ancient fortresses and fortified cities in the Balkans, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Belgrade has quickly become one of our favorite European cities. Belgrade is not as visually stunning as other European capitals, but with so many gorgeous parks, lively cafes and friendly people you’ll want for nothing.