sometimes difficult to find a quiet corner in the city. Here are
some of the oasis we like.
The meditation space created by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Located
in the incredibly peaceful Japanese garden at the back of the Unesco
building. The floor of this simple and serene structure is paved
with tiles irridiated at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. 7, place de
The free garden "herbes folles" - wild grass. Enter through the
rue de la Réunion, in the 20th arrondissement. Few people
know this garden which has been pesticide and herbicide free for
years. You'll find the native plants and shrubs which were here
before the city. Feels like a little corner of the country.
The restaurant of the Maison de l'Amérique Latine. The restaurant
is in a gorgeous 2 acre park. In the heart of Saint-Germain des
Prés yet peaceful. Great for lunch but the candlelight dinners
are not bad either. 217, Blvd Saint-Germain. 75007.
The bathroom at the Café du Trésor The café
has just been renovated. The bathroom's water tank is an aquarium.
But don't worry: you won't flush the fish when you flush the toilet!
7, rue du Trésor. 75004.
L'hôtel Eber Monceau This small hotel is one of only four
hotels in Paris which belong to the "Relais silence" chain. 18,
rue Léon-Jost. 75017. 01 46 22 60 70. fax 01 47 63 01 01.
Musée Zadkine Right off the Luxembourg garden, the museum
was the Russian sculptor's home and atelier. Tucked between tall
buildings you could almost miss it. You enter a lovely courtyard
with trees and find yourself in another world. The museum often
has excellent exhibitions. 100 bis, rue d'Assas. 75006.