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Paris is a city with vast green spaces and gardens, where you can walk, do sports or find art works between coloured flower pots and century-old trees. These are relaxing places that have inspired artists and a favourite for Parisians on their free time.

Paris' gardens and parks equal the grandeur of the city's monuments and there are plenty of places to walk and relax. West of Paris, the Bologna park (www.paris.fr), a vast area of over 800 hectars where you can walk, cycle, ride horses or go paddle boating. It is one of the Parisian's favourites for leisure, specially because there is a large garden for children. Here you can also find a large bird reserve, as well as a running track. Lakes and waterfalls make this park very pleasant during warmer days, but the forest is delightful all year long. The only thing is, you should avoid visiting it when it's dark, since it's not a recommended area. Another much appreciated place to enjoy the sun, have a pick-nick or walk is the Luxemburg Gardens, a 25-hectar area between Saint Germain des Prés and the Latin Quarter. Inspired in the Florence gardens (as they were commissioned by Queen Marie de Medicis), this was Baudelaire, Victor Hugo and Sartre's favourite. Among splendorous grass, orchards and flowers, you can find numerous art works. The Tuilleries Gardens (www.louvre.fr) , near the Louvre, are also part of the must-see list for Parisian green areas. The influence of the Renaissance period is present in these gardens, which stages some of the most dramatic moments of the French Revolution. Several statues of artists such as Rodin and Max Ernst help beautifying a vast area which also hosts an amusement park during the summer. The Botanic Gardens of Paris (www.paris.fr ) and the Buttes Chaumont Park are other places to be rediscovered.