As I said this past Saturday, I got to escape Paris for several hours this weekend and visit Sceaux (pronounced “so”—ha! now do you get it?), where my friend Matthieu lives. Sceaux lies no more than 15 kilometers from the center of Paris, but it feels like a completely different world.
In Sceaux, the streets are dotted with cozy houses and leafy trees. The neighborhoods are quiet, and children’s toys sit in driveways and frontyards waiting for the next adventure. In the middle of the town, there is a park and a château (Parc de Sceaux). Canals weave their way across the park, and fountains spew water into the air like geisers, their mist falling like rain upon the passerby.
And the trees. Oh my, the trees. If it weren’t for the manicured branches, I’d say this park is more like a forest. Even better, the leaves are changing colors. They come dancing to the ground like fire-red rose petals, flashing orange like flames in the grass.
I was so thrilled to escape the noise, hustle and claustrophobia of Paris, even if only for a few hours! It really makes a difference, getting out of the city for a little bit. Then, when you go back, you can appreciate once again all the perks of your sunless, starless, hyperactive Parisian life. Or you can just plan your next great escape, like me. You’re probably sick of my Paris-bashing and my nature-girl talk. But at least I’m honest.
If you’d like to visit Sceaux from Paris:
Hop on the RER B, heading South, and get off at Bourg-la-Reine.
Check out this site for info on the town’s attractions, and this blog by Le Monde to find out all the local secrets and activities! Oui, c’est en Français, but Google Translate does a decent (as in only mostly horrible) job.
…and that’s it. Not bad for a day trip, huh?
Merci, Matthieu, pour l’invitation! Ce Samedi était trop génial!
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Smiles and all the best,