Bois de Vincennes

Bois de Vincennes, Paris
Photo by Jane Smith
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Wooded Reprieve from City Life


  • Route de la Pyramide ,
  • 75012 Paris

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Bois de Vincennes is a large, wooded park just outside the eastern border of Paris. In addition to boasting a medieval château, it’s laced with trails for walking, running, and biking. If you follow them deep into the trees, it’s easy to forget that you’re right by a major metropolitan city. 

As a nature lover, I escape to the Bois de Vincennes anytime I need to recharge. I don’t live far, so I try to get there almost every day. I run the trails or walk around Lac Daumesnil while talking on the phone to a friend back home in the U.S. The fresh air, sunshine, and green surroundings are great for my mental health when the life in the city feels too intense or overwhelming. 

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Fall foliage in Paris at Lac Daumesnil in the Bois de Vincennes
Lac Daumesnil in the Bois de Vincennes. Photo by Jane Smith.

The scene at the Bois de Vincennes changes dramatically depending on the time of day. Early in the morning, you’ll find a lot of walkers, joggers, yogis, fishermen, and parents with strollers. In the afternoon, there are sunbathers in the summer and school kids doing a group activity in the fall. And on warm evenings, the park is full of people picnicking, rowing boats on the lake, or even slacklining.

There’s even a restaurant on the island in the middle of the lake as well as a Buddhist temple that occasionally holds cultural festivals. There’s truly a draw to the Bois de Vincennes rain or shine, for everyone, in any season.

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