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If parks are the lungs of a city, Paris suffers from chronic breathing difficulties. The sprawling, semi-wild public parks that decorate cities like London and Berlin simply don't exist here; the closest the city can offer – the Bois de Vincennes and Boulogne – are so criss-crossed with roads and footpaths that any semblance of the countryside is lost. The city excels at grand manicured gardens in which the French can indulge their passion for geometric designs, but the best of these – the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Tuileries – tend to get inundated with sun-starved locals and snap-happy tourists as soon as the weather turns to anything better than 'drizzling'. With this in mind, we've hunted out six alternative green spaces in which peace and quiet are still in abundant supply. From two-acre rock gardens to a 30km-long stretch of overgrown railway, these represent the best and greenest of Paris's hidden wildlife. Pack your picnic and enjoy.
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