Parc de la Villette: 19e

FRANCE PARIS Parc de la VilletteThe 35 hectare Parc de la Villette [211 avenue Jean Jaurès, +33 140037575 www.villette.com] is the largest park in Paris, spanning from the Cité des Sciences to the Cité de la Musique. Opened in 1993, this park is a forerunner in urban park/garden landscaping. Divided by the Canal de l’Ourcq, the Parc de la Villette is home to several gardens and sloping pathways that are well-shaded by its many trees. The park was designed by a Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi, who consulted Jacques Derrida on his ideas. Hence, Parc de la Villette features many whimsical structures as well (e.g. its 35 follies that provide direction around the park).