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Parc de Sceaux, Sceaux, France | Paris, France Day Trip

Updated on December 14, 2014

Parc de Sceaux

A view from in front of the Chateau de Sceaux
A view from in front of the Chateau de Sceaux

My trip to Paris, France was like a fairytale book had been opened and I was in the midst of it. The city is full of so much life and history and beautiful parks, but no one should visit Paris without a day trip to the Parc de Sceaux located in Sceaux, France. It's a twenty minute trip by Metro from the heart of Paris. It takes less than an hour by car. It is worth spending the day in this charming, idyllic town, and exploring the magnificent park.

The parks in and outside of Paris are adventures, experiences, a place where young, old, single professionals, family, young people meet to play, relax, walk, kiss (and other things...), photograph, listen, talk, meditate, roll down hills doing somersaults. Be sure to watch the enchanting video below, and you will want to add it to your list of places to visit while in Paris.

Journal in hand, I walked along a garden path of the Parc de Sceaux.
Journal in hand, I walked along a garden path of the Parc de Sceaux. | Source

Parc de Sceaux

I had the pleasure of staying in a commune (village) outside of Paris called Sceaux. It is one of those beautiful, picturesque places of enchantment that you think of when you picture a small French village outside of Paris. When my friend was at work, often I would spend a portion of the afternoon exploring and journaling in this park. The first day I found this amazing park, I spent a few hours walking, sitting, gazing and taking in this architectural wonder and taking pictures. I had never seen a park more glorious and I've toured the United States and have seen some amazing parks!

Journal in hand, I walked along the cobblestone pathway with symmetrically designed trees, shrubs, flower gardens, fountains, and stood in front of the Chateau de Sceaux. It took my breath away to gaze at this beautiful rebuilt, Louis Xlll designed chateau from the Second Empire. Originally there had been a chateau built for Jean-Baptise Colbert, who was the minister of finance for Louis XIV. That chateau was destroyed during the French Revolution. Currently, it is now the museum of local history, Ile de France.

Chateau de Sceaux

Chateau de Sceaux is now a museum of local history.
Chateau de Sceaux is now a museum of local history.

Beauty and Pleasure of Parc de Sceaux

When I turned away from the chateau, I saw only the blue sky, trees to the side and a huge, endless expanse of green with fountains, and round pools and various people enjoying the quiet pleasure of this place of heaven nestled in the countryside south of Paris. I saw a group of young local teens playing soccer. There were no loud boomboxes or wires attached to their ears. There was laughter and fun, some were simply laid back and watching, talking.

I also took immense delight in watching a young couple with their three year old child. They, as I, were sitting on a small hill. I watched the father try to get the child to roll down the hill and after seeing her hesitance, he rolled down the hill himself, all of them laughing. Then she rolled down the hill, giggling and screaming with delight. The couple looked over my way and smiled and I smiled back feeling special to have been enjoying this space with such lovely people. The world is truly a small place when we recognize and feel this thread of humanity.

Walking through this magical place, one can't help but notice the attention to detail of every pathway, every garden, every tree which was a part of the designed landscape. Nothing was left undone. The people go there because it is beautiful, a place to dream and forget, a place to love and play, a place to remember that life is worth fighting for and a place to breathe the wide open expanse of heaven and earth. If planning a trip to Paris, you must put this Parc de Sceaux on your must see list. It is a perfect day trip!

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks pdhast7, I just now saw your comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed a nice 'pause', as they may say in France. It is the most amazing place. I'm happy I was able to visit it often while visiting Paris. Thanks for your nice words!

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Such a lovely park and you described it beautifully. I really enjoyed my momentary visit through your words and appreciation of the place. Very nice. Voted Up of course. :)

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks J.S. and applecsmith! It has always been a special hub for me, and I've done hardly any editing, wanting to keep it in its original state. Although I will add another photo of the symmetrical garden path. The opening sentence, oh my. Did I breathe? lol

      It's an incredibly beautiful park, and I'm happy to share it here at HP. Thanks for the congrats and taking the time to read my first hub!

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      marellen 6 years ago

      Great hub and pics. I've only seen Paris in movies. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is a great post, especially for being the first one here on HubPages. Thanks for sharing - voted up and interesting.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Your first Hub! What a great one at that! Congratulations on being a member of the HubPages Community for 2 years! Happy "HubPages 2nd Birthday"!

      JSMatthew~

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      rebekahELLE 7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      hi shazwellyn, thanks for reading. it sounds like you had a great trip, you should definitely write about it.

      Paris and Prague are both cities people like to read about. Some may never have the opportunity to visit, so they enjoy reading books or articles. We also made it to the Sacre Couer and it was somewhat magical for me. Montmarte is like being in another world!

      This village of Sceaux also is a beautiful, small, village outside of Paris. I'm so happy I was able to spend some time there and get a feel for the French lifestyle.

      I would love to read your hubs about your travels!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      I visited Paris last year - loved it, then flew to Prague. Both exceptional but soooo different. My favourite place in Paris is the Sacred Heart (Sacre Cur) - at the top of the world (so it felt like) with street entertainers, it is the place of Artists. We had wine and a picnic, followed by Garlic snails (yuck! LOL). I also loved the famous cemetary - visited the graves of Oscar Wild, memorials of the Jews died in the second world war and Jim Morrison. There was beauty in the morbidity.

      Prague was different - very Bohemian, but equally beautiful in a different way.

      Thanks for sharing your experience - I shall have to dig into my photos too and create a hub about it:)

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      jenniferveser716 7 years ago

      What a beautiful view. I wish i had the time to travel and witness all the beautiful things you have. I know for sure that once I make enough money to retire,I'm going to spend half my savings on traveling. :)

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      rebekahELLE 8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thank you so much Donna. I appreciate your kind words. This park is worthy of more pics.(my first hub!) I will add some more photos since I have finally found them on my computer! You can find two more pics from this park on my latest hub, An American in Paris- my story. The one with the trees lined so perfectly, and the bottom pic, it was circular, absolutely gorgeous. :))

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      donna bamford 8 years ago from Canada

      Enjoyed this Rebekeh. Never been there but would love to see it. I enjoy both your poetry and your travel pices.

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      rebekahELLE 8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thank you so much, yes, it is amazing. I will soon post more pics for this beautiful park.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      wow....amazing. It looks nice place to visit. I'll go there someday. thank for information.

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