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Bois de Boulogne

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Address: Main entrance at bottom of av. Foch, Paris, France
Activities: Dining, Biking
Description: This huge park on the western side of the city is filled with interesting...
This huge park on the western side of the city is filled with interesting activities and restaurants.
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Let's start with a few words of warnings for young families. Bois de Boulogne is known as a place where quite a bit of the (mainly gay) sex business is taking place. This can be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Zurich, Switzerland
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115 reviews 115 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Let's start with a few words of warnings for young families. Bois de Boulogne is known as a place where quite a bit of the (mainly gay) sex business is taking place. This can be visible and lead to all sort of questions from your kids. Even during day times you might be walking onto a scene... Or a lot... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Went running one early morning of our 5 days in Paris this spring. Enjoyed feeling as if we were in the country, but traffic can become very heavy so if you enjoy forest solitude try going during the weekend. This is a well used park and relatively safe, but stay alert and take your cellphone.

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Paris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

From Porte Maillot, bordering Neuilly, at the bottom of Avenue Foch or of the Avenue de la Grande Armée, the bois de Boulogne is located to the West of Paris 16 ème arrondissement. It is very large. It is slightly smaller than the bois de Vincennes and over twice the size of New York's Central Park. It includes several attraction:... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Whenever the tourist crowds become too much for me, especially in summer, I like to head to Bois de Boulogne on the Western edge of Paris. My favorite activity centers on walking the dirt trails through the woods, where I seldom encounter others, or along one of the lakes or ponds, always a pretty stroll but more crowded. At 2100... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

To get away from the big city and all the tourists, this wood or small forest offers some nature on the edge of the city. Take metro to Boulogne-Jean Jaures Station, walk 10-15 min northwards to enter the forest. In the north of the forest is an enclosed park, 'Les Jardins de Bagatelle' with Geese and Peacocks amidst lush lawns... More 

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Shoreline
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Bois has a bit of a reputation as being home to unsavory activities. The suggestion is that this includes drug trade and prostitution. On a lovely day early this spring, I found the park to be filled with French families and joggers, the occasional horse, and a cross section of off-leash dogs...no sign of hookers or meth heads. On... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

A hugely expensive place to visit. @ 14 Eur per head. - poor value for money. 3 out of the 11 galleries were closed. This building project, in my opinion, will be a huge "White Elephant" for future generations to maintain. If anything in the fabric of the structure needs to be replaced it, unless there is a stock of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a large park and you would need hours to walk through it. So rather hire a bicycle (velos) and cycle through the park - you get to see much more and it is fun to follow the different trails. We came across a bistro in the park where we enjoyed a lovely cafe and patisserie before resuming our... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We like to travel like locals-- to see where locals gather, spend their days and relax. Bois de Boulogne is that place. It's huge, lovely and the perfect way to get away from the tourist-ridden spots of Paris. Rent a little boat and row it in the lake, or pick a shady spot to enjoy a sandwich and some wine.... More 

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Fairbanks
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I am amazed at many of the reviews here-"lovely" and "fresh air" and the like. Not my impression at all! There are no restrooms anywhere at all in the park, so people poop and pee everywhere. You must always watch where you step and many areas stink horribly. Cafe owners are very unfriendly and offer little; if you want a... More 

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