The Musée Carnavalet is a real life Secret Garden (does anyone remember that movie from the 90's?) Only, without having to revive the garden, that is! I remember I loved watching that movie at my Grandma's house every time I visited; afterward skipping though her flower beds in front of her house, fantasizing that it was my own secret garden. I'd pretend to escape to my garden hideaway, frolicking through her elephant ear plants, for as long as my imagination would carry on. . . or my older brother would disrupt! Musée Carnavalet, a museum nestled among the fashionably streets of Le Marais, is dedicated to the history of the city of Paris. Sadly, the museum is closed until the end of 2019 for renovations. We must have caught it just before the closing. I am unsure as to whether the gardens are open during the renovation. It may be worth a check if you happen to be in Le Marais. The museum was lovely, but the gardens alone are worth the visit is you're already near.
Paris gardens are unlike any I've seen or visited. So carefully tended and skillfully trimmed. The symmetry makes my aesthetic-loving heart sing. It was an ideal place to stop to enjoy peace and quiet, while admiring the lush foliage.