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Bois de Vincennes

Wednesday 4 October 2006, by smy51

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Located at the Western part of Paris, to the East of the Bois de Boulogne”, The “Bois de Vincennes” offers 995 hectares of woods and greens. The origins of this park come from the fact that it was the reserved hunting place of King Philippe Auguste. In the 19th Century the Baron Haussmann gathered inspiration from the great parks of London such as Hyde Park to construct what was going to be the Bois de Vincennes. Alphand was the project leader and created reliefs and three lakes with his team. Daumesnil lake was added later. This park welcomed a racecourse (1863), the Imperial Farm (1859), and the Horticultural school with its arboretum.

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Today the Bois de Vincennes is fully equipped : the zoo, the flower park, the Buddhist temple and George-Ville’s Farm, whose aim is to open children to agricultural world. The Bois de Vincennes has different lakes, one of the biggest is the Daumesnil lake.

The track : You can find lots of track for running in the Bois de Vincennes. For my part I like running around the Daumesnil lake. My track is not very long (3,25 km) but very pleasing I think.

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How to get there : Metro : Porte doree (line 6).

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