While there’s currently no park in Boston that can give Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg a run for its money, there is one park in particular that I think provides the same feeling of contentment and escape from the city.
I stumbled upon it while walking around Boston one day a few years ago, and it was like an oasis in a concrete desert. After seeing building after building, tons of traffic and horns blaring, I did a double-take upon approaching what looked like a place with concentrated trees, flowers, benches, a fountain, and a cute greenhouse looking building.
I googled this place later and learned that this park is the Norman B. Leventhal Park, located in Boston’s financial district.
On a humid summer day, this park is the perfect place to escape the heat and sounds of the city. Just like Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg, it’s the perfect place to bring your lunch, meet friends, people watch, or just relax and take a break from shopping or working your 9-5 job.
Approaching the park from the bustle of the city, it already looks like a calm oasis full of lush greenery and smart brick pathways.
Unfortunately there is no palace or Medici fountain here, there is a lovely fountain and plenty of interesting buildings surrounding the park to enjoy.
This park has something that the Jardin du Luxembourg doesn’t – ivy-covered trellises!
Of course, the parks in Boston can’t complete with the numerous and beautifully landscaped public parks of Paris. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t find a similar relaxing oasis in Boston.
Stumbling upon this park makes it even more special because it reminded me of another aspect of Paris that I love so much – being able to discover new and charming things every day, and knowing that this city might have many more beautiful places to explore. I just have to keep walking!
I hope you enjoyed today’s escape to Paris via Boston! What park do you think best reminds you of a Parisian park? It can be anywhere in the world! Thank you for reading!