You can hit the garden trifecta in and around the French capital. Jardin du Luxembourg on the Left Bank was created in 1612 in the style of the Boboli Gardens in Florence, and it’s here you’ll find children racing miniature boats as well as manicured lawns leading up to a stunning palace. Or, if it’s reflecting pools and sculptures you’re after, head to the expansive Jardin des Tuileries set between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. You can pop into the nearby Musée de l’Orangerie to see Monet’s “Water Lilies” while here. Adding on some extra time after your trip? Just a short train ride from Paris, you’ll find the 1,977-acre Versailles being restored to its original plan with 600 fountains and pools and miles of manicured hedges.
In Bloom: A great variety of flowers bloom in the City of Light, including cherry blossoms in April, plus roses and irises throughout the summer.