Unlike some other European capitals like London, Paris has a real dearth of green space. Note the ratio of green to beige on the map below.
So the parc des Buttes Chaumont (which is very near the apartment shown in my previous post) is a real treat. Not only because it’s a bit of green that softens Paris’ limestone jungle, but also because it’s an ‘English-style’ park which for me means it’s a normal park. (To the French, a normal park is symmetrical, laid out with geometrical precision and has all greenery trimmed & pruned to within an inch of its life. Grass is to be admired, not sat upon.)