The 8.2 hectare Monceau Park [Blvd de Courcelles, www.parcmonceau.org] is a peaceful, semi-public place that has been an inspiration to Claude Monet. Created by Philippe d’Orléans in 1769, the park was also the site of a huge massacre of the Commune during the French Revolution. However, it has cleaned up well since then, and is now a beautiful English-style garden space that is sprinkled with statues of French notables, miniature pyramids and windmills.