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Finding Japan in Boston: Japanese Garden at the Museum of Fine Arts

We’ve visited several places in Boston inspired by France, Italy, and Venice, but today we’re going to find inspiration from a country in a completely different continent – Japan!

While it’s easy to find European-inspiration in Boston, it’s more difficult to locate places that have the unique architecture and serene and peaceful surroundings that Japan is known for.

However, I found a place where visitors to Boston can escape to when they want a reprieve from the hurried nature of the city.

Japanese Garden at Museum of Fine Arts

Best of all, no admission ticket is needed, so it’s free! That’s right, you can potentially visit every day that it’s open if you want. However, it does close at the beginning of fall and reopens in the spring.

Luckily, we’re here when it’s open. Let’s go see it!

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Finding Boston’s Parc Monceau: Ramler Park

Paris is known for its beautiful, lush, sweeping parks, and they’re one of the many reasons I really miss Paris. While they all have the requisite benches, ponds, lakes, fountains, and lots of flowers and greenery, each park has something unique about it.

Once I moved back to Boston, I made sure to spend any free time just wandering around, much like I would do in Paris. As a result, I’ve found so many beautiful and serene spots that I never noticed before – and I lived here for 6 years!

On on particular trip, I discovered Ramler Park. This park is really well-hidden and probably only known by its residents.

What caught my attention were flashes of the most vibrant cobalt blue. Once I stepped inside and saw this charming park, I knew I found my Boston-version of Parc Monceau.

Wandering definitely pays off!

Boston Ramler Park fountain

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The best market in Portugal

After you’ve bought your Pastel de Belém at the best pastry shop in Portugal, you’re going to have to find somewhere to eat it! If you read that post, you’ll see in the photos that Pastéis de Belém has no seating. Therefore, you’re going to have to take your tasty treats to go.

Luckily, there’s a lot to see and do in the Belém area, including visiting Mosteiro dos Jerónimos,  a monestary, which  you can even see if you’re waiting in line for the Pastel de Belém at the famous Pastéis de Belém.

Lisbon Portugal Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

However, you have your Pastel de Belém and you can’t wait to eat it. But where can you go to enjoy it AND wander around? The answer: walk across the street to stroll around a fun market in the park.

Paris in Boston Lisbon Portugal

On this day, there was a market with stalls selling many things that I would have loved to buy and bring back to the US.

As far as markets go, I think this was the best because of the various items for sale, the quality of the items, and the ideal location, which is in a park close to Pastéis de Belém.

Let’s check out the market!

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Finding Boston’s Jardin du Luxembourg

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.

Boston Norman B. Leventhal Park

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Dramatic beauty of Iceland is showcased at Þingvellir national park

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll find that I’ve been posting a few pics from my trip to Iceland. What’s most astounding to me about Iceland is that it offers so many varied landscapes on its small island. Today let’s visit the dramatic vistas of Þingvellir National Park! Þingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s easy to see why. It has some beautifully unique landscapes that I haven’t seen anywhere else in the world, much less within driving distance from each other. Shall we take a look around?

Iceland Þingvellir National Park

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Parks of Paris: Jardin des Plantes

In our last Parks of Paris post, we visited the magical Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Let’s take the 45 minute Metro ride to the 5th arrondissement and the location of the Jardin des Plantes. This botanical garden not only has row after row of beautiful blooming flowers, but also a zoo and 4 museums! They include the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and the Entomology Museum. Let’s take a tour!

Paris in Boston Jardin des Plantes
Helpful signage showing the different sections of the garden

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Parks of Paris: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Spring has finally arrived! What better way to celebrate than to visit another charming and magical park in Paris. The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is located in the 19th arrondissement, which is in northeastern Paris. I’d say this park is somewhere between the Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Monceau in terms of charm, jaw-dropping beauty, and sense of magic. It’s definitely one of my favorite parks in the world. Let’s wander around!

Paris Parc des Buttes-Chaumont temple
Temple de la Sibylle on the cliff

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Parks of Paris: Parc Monceau

It’s time to visit another beautiful park in Paris!  This time, we’ll travel to Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissement.  While not as extravagant as the Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc Monceau is still a large and lovely park, with unique elements that make it worthwhile to visit.

The park is quite easy to get to, just take the Metro to the Monceau stop and the entrance to the park is just though the elaborate gates on your left.

Paris Parc Monceau metro station
Monceau Metro stop beside the ornate gates of Park Monceau

If you’re curious about its history, make sure to read the signs at the gate entrances.

Paris Parc Monceau sign
Parc Monceau sign explaining a bit of its history

Entering the park, it doesn’t look that special or unique, but as you take your time to meander around, you’ll find charming little areas in the park.

First, you arrive at this charming bridge.

Paris Parc Monceau bridge

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Parks of Paris: Jardin du Luxembourg

This spring-like weather is making me wistful for spring in Paris, where the flowers are in full bloom, the fountains are crowded with families sailing their toy boats, and the colors are vibrant and diverse, from the glorious blue of the sky, the reds, pinks, yellows, and purples of the flowers, and the greens of the lush gardens and grass.

Paris is the perfect place to visit if you love gardens and parks, since it offers so many beautifully maintained parks.

Today, let’s visit the grandest, most impressive park in Paris, the Jardin du Luxembourg, my own personal favorite out of all the parks in Paris.

Paris in Boston Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg

Paris in Boston Jardin du Luxembourg

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