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A neat thing about Europe that always fascinated me were the lovely parks that grace many cities - not only lovely places to stroll and people watch but places to in good weather picnic and take a rest from the rigors of sightseeing.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PARKS?

My favorite parks:

PARIS
- the Tuileries Gardens (with the Louvre as a backdrop - my favorite picnic place is on the benches at its west end that overlook the hectic Place de la Concorde - just love watching those Parisian crivers scooting thru this chaotic traffic circle)

Luxembourg Gardens (people watching at its best from joggers to mums with kids sailing small wooden boats around the ponds - nice formal gardens)

Buttes-Chaumont - off the radar for many tourists but to me one of the most interesting, unique and beautiful parks in Europe!

AMSTERDAM
- Vondel Park - one of the quirkiest parks in Europe in many ways - never know what you will see there!

MUNICH
- the sprawling Englischer Gardens - wow in nice weather a virtual nudist colony (like many a park in today's Germany - folks sun bathing in the raw right along the main walking paths) plus the fantastic Chinese Pagoda - a huge Chinese-style pagoda that is a popular beer garden with traditional beer garden fare - really popular with locals on a nice day.

VENICE - the park at the very eastern tip on the main island - great picnic spot (many Venetian locals ban picnicking now) - watch the many boats going by and totally escaping the tourist mobs in this very very quiet part of Venice that few folks stumble on..

LONDON
- ah the city of parks - and so many great ones - Hyde Park and its pond with folks rowing boats - the tea shops - the vastness - again on a nice day a multi-ethnic brigade of folks taking in the sun (whenever they can in this climate!)

Green Park - to me the nicest looking park from a landscape point of view - flowers and trees that is and at noon on a nice day many workers sitting around during their lunch hours.

Victoria Park - Not the most beautiful of London parks but to me one of the most interesting - on a canal and always thronged with families on a nice day - in East London with its varied ethnic crowds - people watching as colorful as the park!

Crystal Palace - my favorite London park - a vast park known for its real-life Dinosaur models, outdoor concerts in summer and the remains of the famous Crystal Palace, erected in Hyde Park in the 1850s or so for a world's exhibition it was a vast glass structure - after the fair ended it was moved up here to Sydenham Hill on a site overlooking London from one of its highest elevations. Sadly it burnt to toast in the 1930s or so in a fire reports say was seen from all over London - today their foundations remain to evoke its faded statue

Greenwich Park - Not only can you cross from the Western Hemisphere to the Eastern hemisphere here this is where time is kept - in the old Greenwich Observatory - and there are the graceful buildings of the Naval War college and views over the Thames - a hilly part though.

WINDSOR GREAT PARK
Ah this vast park that stretches up for miles from Windsor Castle offers from on up fab views over Windsor Castle, huge equestrian statues, a deer park .

Well those are some of my favorite parks -

WHAT EUROPEAN PARKS DO YOU LOVE?

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