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Parc du musée Hébert

La Tronche > chemin Hébert
Set aside from urban life, the museum's park, with its shaded alleyways, rippling brooks, and trellises, has held onto the charm of the artist's "secret garden." In 2004, it was recognized as a "Remarkable Garden," an award recently created by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. This label recognizes the garden's quality and charm, whose richness stems as much from its 17th and 18th century origins as from the modifications made by Ernest Hébert and his wife Gabrielle. The juxtaposition of well groomed, Italian style areas with English garden-type landscapes, the antique elements, and the numerous water basins are reminiscent of the Villa Medicis in Rome and make for an original setting, open freely to the public.

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Jardin des Cinq Sens à Yvoire : saison 2012

Yvoire > Rue du Lac
Awaken your senses with a trip to this garden full of poetry and dreams! Located right in the middle of medieval village Yvoire, the garden seems to invite visitors to explore every delightful corner. It has been classified a “Jardin Remarquable”.

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Parc des Bords de Loire

Andrézieux-Bouthéon > Rue de la Petite Loire
Leisure area with fishing lakes, picnic tables, children’s games.

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Jardin botanique alpin

Samoëns > La Jaÿsinia
The garden has bee carved out of the south-facing side of the mountains overlooking the village. La Jaÿsinia covers an area of 3.7 hectares on steeply-sloping terrain (80 metres’ difference in altitude between the top and bottom of the garden). It is home to 5,000 varieties of alpine flowers from all five continents. Since 1936, it has been run by the Scientific Division of the Natural History Museum in Paris (Botanic Gardens and Wildlife Parks department) and it has a laboratory where wide-ranging research is carried out. Features of the garden include fountains and cascades, landscaped trees, the ruins of the 12th-century Tornalta Castle, an 18th-century chapel and 8,000 plants from all over the world. As a little corner of nature in the heart of heritage buildings, La Jaÿsinia in the village of Samoëns in Haute-Savoie is something of an exception. It is the only botanic garden of its kind in the Alps, containing no less than 5,000 varieties of mountain flowers. It is both a place of study and a haven of tranquillity where people come to recover from stressful everyday lives. It is also a "must" for anybody spending some time in Samoëns. A little bit of history On 1st July 1838, a little girl called Marie-Louise Jaÿ was born in Samoëns. She was destined to leave her mark on the village - and Paris! At the age of 15, the young girl set off to try her luck in Paris where she met and married Ernest Cognacq. Together, they founded “La Samaritaine”, one of the capital’s largest department stores. It was an immediate success. Marie-Louise and Ernest, who were childless, found themselves with a huge fortune and they spent the end of their life giving to worthy causes. They never forgot the village where Marie-Louise was born. One hundred years ago, in 1906, she created the Jaÿsinia botanic garden. It is much more than a mark of her love of her village. La Jaÿsinia is a unique place carved out of the southern slopes of the mountain overlooking the village of Samoëns. A walk in this south-facing garden is as bucolic as they come. The narrow path winding its way up the mountainside passes waterfalls and fountains before reaching the ruins of the 12th-centuy Tornalta Castle and a 13th-century chapel. The higher you go, the more panoramic the view of the small town below. This is a walk worthy of the finest paintings by Romantic landscape artists. And in addition to the magnificent panoramic view, there are thousands of different plants and flowers to delight the senses.

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Parc de la Tête d'Or

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry aéroport > Place du Général Leclerc (entrée principale) Autres entrées : boulevard des Belges, rue Duquesne
Since its opening in 1856, the park has remained largely unchanged, with its lakeshore, large paths lined with hundred year old trees, zoological park, and botanical gardens.

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Parc de Haute Claire

Villefranche-sur-Saône > Montée Saint Roch
Large 44,000 sq. meter park

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Jardin des Cimes

Passy > 447 route du Docteur Davy Plateau d'Assy
Created in 2008, this garden is a unique concept: one walks, one learns, one admires, one observes and one contemplates! Situated opposite Mont-Blanc the gardens are accessible to all.

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Ecole et jardin d'autrefois

Andilly > St Symphorien
A garden that boasts 150 species of plant and a stunning panoramic view, it is reminiscent of our grandmothers’ old-fashioned gardens full of flowers and abundant vegetable patches and fruit trees…

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Jardin Paysager la Terre Pimprenelle

Alboussière > le petit courbis D369 direction Gilhoc
Trees of note: a 200 year-old chestnut tree, young ornamental trees. Hedgerow trees: taxus baccata, acer platanoides, etc. Bushes: acre (114 varieties), cornus, fagus, gingko, liquidambars, quercus, etc. Perennial plants: numerous varieties in beds covering 400m²

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Parc la Fantasia

Annemasse > Rue du Brouaz
A small peaceful park at the entrance of the town where you can enjoy a pleasant environment.

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Jardin Croix Paquet

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry aéroport > Rue Alsace Lorraine
6679 m². Between Rue Alsace Lorraine and the Montée Saint Sébastien, a terraced garden created above the underground station of the same name. Children’s play area.

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Parc de Bois Doré

Gleizé > rue George Sand
Playground.

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Jardin zen d'Erik Borja

Beaumont-Monteux > Les clairmonts
Ever since interested in Japanese civilization and particularly in landscaping, Erik Borja gives us here his own interpretation of the Zen concept related to gardens in monasteries while adapting it to the geography and climate of the site.Streams, cascades can be heard. Ponds, rivers can be seen...

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Parc Magniny - Veauche

Veauche > Rue Michel Laval
Stretching out over 7000 m², this park in Veauche village centre is open all year round and is marked out with. tree-lined paths and a playground for children. A place where everyone can relax.

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Parc de Corzent

Thonon-les-Bains > Avenue de Corzent
Parc de Corzent is a new public area on the banks of Lake Geneva! Following the Conservatoire du Littoral, Conseil Général de Haute-Savoie and the town of Thonon’s joint acquisition and renovation of the land measuring 4.7 ha. (formerly private property), Parc de Corzent has been open to the public since June 2010. It is on the upper banks of Lake Geneva in a protected natural setting with unobstructed views of the area. Visitors cannot access the lake from the park as it is blocked by a balustrade therefore please use the nearby free Corzent beach. You can reach it from the town centre via the one-way Avenue de Corzent (also a cycle path). Welcome one and all to this new public area on the edge of Lake Geneva in an "au naturel", romantic, waterfront location with century-old trees, a biodiversity reserve plus disabled facilities. Bring family and friends for a stroll!

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Parc Michallon ou Parc de l'Ile Verte

Grenoble > avenue Maréchal Randon
This park, which is nothing more than the contemporary form of 16th century sculpture gardens, offers a pleasant environment where art and nature come together. The museum of Grenoble’s sculpture park follows the precedent set by the Middelheim museum in Anvers, followed by the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Holland, of the Louisiana Museum in Humlebaeck, near Cologne, and the garden of the Maeght Foundation in Saint Paul de Vence. Work on the garden began in 1988 and it sprawls over 16,000 m2 where towering trees and rare plant specimens provide natural accents to the remains of the city’s old ramparts. In front of the museum, the monumental sculpture by Alexander Calder, Monsieur Loyal, greets visitors. Its triangular steel plates, which are bolted together, add a sort of dynamic energy to the park. Further on, the steel structure, North Star, designed by Mark di Suvero, springs towards the sky with seemingly fantastic momentum, its tip reaching 20 meters overhead. Next to the Island Tower, in front of the rampart arches, stands the fine-silhouetted bronze sculpture by Marcel Antoine Gimond, Young Girl Standing. At the west entrance to the park stand five pink granite discs stacked against each other, symbolizing the Danube and its tributaries. Then we come to Orpheus emerging from trees that look similar to him, a bronze work by Ossip Zadkine. At the far end of the ditch, opposite the museum room dedicated to American art, the Richard Nonas’ work Transit West (for the 36 Albanians…) stands. This sculpture is made up of six steel beams laid out in triangles, echoing the three trees surrounding it. Moving back up the slope, Zuhaitz, the work of Euardo Chillida, is a steel “tree” whose trunk contrasts with its budding branches. Along the same axis, Couple by Eugene Dodeigne, imposes its monumentality and force through its strong lines carved in Soignies stone. Further down, the bronze Rolande, Nude Woman Standing by Robert Wlérick occupies a wide space with its sensuality and harmony. A little further, moving towards the Isere river, George Rickey has installed his work entitled Conversation, whose upper parts, attached to a mast, are mobile: the movements of this stainless steel sculpture are “a response to the wind” and “ to the light.” In the north corner of the park, the sculpture Monoforme 26 by Gottfried Honegge is made of modular elements and reminds us of the Arch of Triumph, but opens onto the Chartreuse mountains. The path then takes us to a group of pine trees, where Morice Lipsi’s La Grande Vague stands, its dense and vigorous forms carved out of pink granite. Overlooking the downwind path, Three Indeterminate Lines by Bernard Venet, offers an illusion of light flexibility with its steel beams bent into spirals. At the angle of the ditch, the forceful construction by Anthony Caro, Mountain Song, pushes against the wall: the weightiness of the sculpture, accented by the cascading descent of the steel plates, seems to be contradicted by the open space below the sculpture. At the southern entrance of the park stands Cecile, Woman’s Torso, in patina by Leon Driver.

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Parc Jean Beauquis

Ambilly > Rue Jean Jaurès
This shaded park with rolling lawns offers to its visitors a large biotope pond, pathways accessible to all and two play areas for children.

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Parc Bachelard ou des Champs Elysées

Grenoble > rue Albert Reynier
Located on the Seigneur de Montrigaud's former lands, who happened to be a relative of the Marquis de Sassenage and of the Alleman d'Uriage's families, these percels ran along the Drac by the XVIIIth century. This park spreads over many hectares, and the creation and building of its immense alleys are attributed to the Comte de Médavy, the Dauphiné's governor. Nowadays, a peculiarly large basin adorns the park and a playing area for children is available for their best enjoyment. A tour on the little train waits for you to enable you to discover and admire the flore of the spot, and a health training course of 1,5 km with 23 exercises and large lawns to play or have a picnic are also yours.

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Parc de Saône - Parc de la Confluence

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry aéroport > Sud du quai Rambaud
Explore the water gardens, open water channels, different garden areas and quadrats; the landscaped streets create a network of blue and green, much appreciated by residents and walkers. While the Saône is some way from the riverside road, the water gardens and open water channels integrate water into the environment. The open water channels also enable the collection of rainwater, as the landscape architects wished to avoid the need for artificial irrigation. Saône Park will be completed in stages. Eventually it will cover more than 14 hectares.

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Parc de Haut-Monthoux

Vétraz-Monthoux > Route de la Colline ou route de la Fougonne
Located at the top of hill Monthoux, dominating the town, this park, a former property of the bishopric, is a, place for rest and relaxation. A restored chapel, trace of its episcopal past, dominates the park and its paths.

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Jardin du Rosaire dans le Parc des Hauteurs

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry aéroport > entrées sur l'esplanade de Fourvière et montée St Barthélémy
The gardens contain botanical collections of old roses and hydrangeas; an orchard created from existing fruit trees forms the link with the archaeological area. In the north part, there are benches and children's games, a "Jardin Chinois" (Chinese Garden) (because a Chinese gardener used to grow vegetables there) filled with hydrangeas, and the "Jardin de la Ruine" (Garden of the Ruin) below (containing a ruined building). In the south part, there is the "Jardin des Roses" (Rose Garden), an old Jesuit kitchen garden, and the former gardens of Pauline Jaricot's house, devoted to contemplation, with the Sainte Philomène chapel that was completely renovated in 98. There are also the "Nuages" (Clouds), "Couleurs" (Colours), and "Fleurs" (Flowers) Gardens... A huge mural of the prophet Elijah sleeping, fed by angels, and a cypress symbolizing fire is engraved in the glass in the old sheep barn.

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Parc Jean Verlhac ou Villeneuve

Large park south of Grenoble, with 20 hectares of grass.

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Jardin Alpin du Semnoz

Annecy > Le Semnoz
The Semnoz Alpine Garden is a piece of Alpine meadow kept in a condition as close as possible to that found in nature allowing us to discover or review the botany of the mid-mountain area.

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Jardin des Plantes

Grenoble > Rue Dolomieu
It was in 1782 that the first botanical garden of Grenoble was founded. It had been re-established in 1842 in an area bought by the city, located between the streets Haxo and Chanrion. Extending over 21 597 m²n the Jardin des Plantes is made of two distinct parts, separated by a small stream. Its Western part reminds of the structured organization and the geometrical alleys of a French Garden, whereas the Eastern part reminds of the romantic garden which was typical in the XVIIIth century. It presents some majestic species of centenarian trees and beautiful rockeries. A little further, we can find the rose garden, a botanic greenhouse of 300m² sheltering wonderful exotic plants and a Winter garden of 700m².

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Jardins Secrets

Vaulx > Lagnat
A 7000 m² patchwork of small gardens, all differently styled, offering visitors a real change of scenery with patios, galleried courtyards, flowered avenues, ponds, fountains. Other features include beautifully crafted wooden buildings, water, flowers…

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Le Jardin Botanique et la Roseraie au Parc de la Tête d'Or

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry aéroport > Parc de la tête d'or
* THE INTERNATIONAL ROSE GARDEN: entrance Allée Achille Lignon, towards Interpol. Open every day from 6 am to 9 pm (11 pm from April to Sept.). Lighting in the evenings. Inaugurated on 19 June 1964, the gardens cover 5 hectares and contain 5,000,000 roses. * BOTANICAL GARDENS: entrance Avenue Verguin. Previously located on the slopes of Croix-Rousse. Created in 1795, this garden de la Déserte became too small and was moved to the Parc de la Tête d'Or in 1857, 4,000 plants were moved and the Orangerie was rebuilt stone by stone. It includes: - OPEN AIR GARDEN: open all year 8 am-5 pm (6 pm April to Sept.). This consists of several gardens, including the Botany School (arranged according to family), the arboretum, the fern collection, the historic rose garden (360 varieties), and the Mexican garden (April to Oct.). - ALPINE GARDEN: open from March to Oct. 8 am-11.30 am. 1700 mountain species. - COLLECTION GREENHOUSES: open all year 9 am-4.30 pm (5.30 April to Sept.). 6000 m², more than 1000 species of orchid and carnivorous plants. Listed Historical Monuments, they were constructed in metal in 1880 by the architect Domenget (prior to this they were made of wood, which did not withstand the humid atmosphere very well). The main greenhouse is a veritable cathedral of glass and steel, with a central area that is 21 metres high (the highest in France). Rebuilt in 2000, new paths have been created and the plantings organized by continent. - MADAGASCAR GREENHOUSE: open all year 9-11.30 am/1.30 pm-4.30 pm (5.30 April to Sept.). 400 m², 200 plant species from Madagascar. Opposite the greenhouses, is a STATUE of Bernard de Jussieu, an 18th century botanist who worked in King Louis XV's garden. * LAMBERT FARM (formerly part of the Observatory, towards the African plain): open office hours, includes a HERBARIUM with 200,000 sections, a COLLECTION of 15,000 taxons (a general word for families/kinds/types), a SEED STORE of more than 1,000 taxons, a conservation LABORATORY for the rarest plants and a LIBRARY of 6,000 books and reviews.

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Parc Paul Mistral

Grenoble > Boulevard Jean Pain Boulevard Clémenceau
Created in 1925, the Paul Mistral Park is laid out like a landscape garden and is Grenoble’s largest with 21 hectares. The park features many old, majestic trees, water basins, and areas for playing sports or just relaxing.

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Arboretum de Ripaille

Thonon-les-Bains > Maison Forestière Chemin de la Forêt
Château de Ripaille Forêt (53 hectares) and its arboretum with 58 different woods. Signposted trails. The Mémorial National des Justes de France was erected in the heart of Ripaille in 1997. Opening times differ depending on the season. Free: 1 or 2 hour walk.

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Jardin de Cantù

Villefranche-sur-Saône > Quartier Roland-Jardinier
715 sq. meters of parc open to the public with the old city walls and a beautiful fountain.

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Parc Chambovet

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry aéroport > angle rues Chambovet & Massenet + entrées place Dufraine & impasse Duret
The 4 ha park, next to the Bron neurological hospital, is a wooded area with 300 trees of diverse species, including a large number of sometimes rare and exotic trees. Wander through the vast prairie edged by family and workers’ gardens.

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Parc de Fontgraine

Villefranche-sur-Saône > Rond-point de la Quarantaine
4800 sq. meter park

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Place de Crête

Thonon-les-Bains > Place de Crête
In 1792, the first libery pole was erected in Thonon on this square and to make it stand out from the others, the town council appointed Eugène Dessaix to display the following motto engraved in large letters on a square: Vivre français ou mourir (live French or die). Two centuries later on August 16th 1944, the French flag flew at the top of a large cedar tree as a symbol of the town’s liberation from the members of the Resistance. The trees on the square, such as chestnut and walnut trees, bring a touch of greenery to it. The walnut trees bear testament to a custom that died out when the Revolution ended whereby a walnut tree was planted on the square each time someone officially became bourgeois in Thonon. A fountain which was formerly on Place du Château now stands in the middle of the square. Pre-Revolution, the bourgeois locals came solemnly every year to practice popinjay on the square or “papegai” as it is called here. This was a popular sport (using a crossbow, bow and arrow or arqubuse rifle) because of what the winner got out of it. For over five hundred years, the square has built a new reputation for itself by attracting pedlars and traders to the annual Foire de Crête. There are houses on three sides of the square and two religious centres on the east and west sides (a little old seminary and the Institution de Sacré-Cœur). The Institution de Sacré-Cœur’s impressive buildings are also worth a look with their Byzantine style chapel.

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Parc de la Belle Province

Villefranche-sur-Saône > 355, rue des Remparts
3,000 sq. meter park

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Parc de la Quarantaine

Villefranche-sur-Saône > Rd Point de la Quarantaine
4,400 sq. meter park open to the public

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Jardins de l'hôtel de ville

Villefranche-sur-Saône > Rue de la Paix
5700 sq. meter garden around the Hotel de Ville (city hall)

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Jardin de Kandi

Villefranche-sur-Saône > 283, rue Roland
700 sq. meter garden

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Jardin léon Weber

Villefranche-sur-Saône > Rue léon Weber
Playground

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Parc Maurice Baquet

Villefranche-sur-Saône > 402, Boulevard Gambetta
1,800 sq. meter park

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Parc Francis Popy

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry aéroport > 33 rue Henri Gorjus
This 8849 m² wooded park with decorative rocks is originally part of a 19th-century estate, redeveloped in 2005. On the south side are 2 old houses, a large tree-planted lawn and a children's play area…

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ancien Hôpital Debrousse

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry aéroport > 29 rue des Soeurs Bouvier
Former children’s hospital from 1909 to 2008. Building work from 2011 to 2013 on a 2.5 ha site will create a park, panoramic gardens, traboule alley, hotel in the original 1907 buildings, business centre, brasserie, etc.

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Jardin des Vignes

Suze-la-Rousse > Université du vin Le Château
Created in 1989 by the village, the Wine University and the "Syndicat des Vignerons", this garden is the perfect place to discover all the different wine "cépages" (varieties) of the Rhône valley. Good complement to a visit on a wine-producing estate.

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Square de Buhl

Villefranche-sur-Saône > rue des Jardiniers
1,500 sq. meter garden

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Parc de Parilly

Bron > 36 boulevard Emile Bollaërt
SPORTS: athletics stadium, 10 football pitches, 1 rugby pitch, 12 basketball courts, 1 volleyball court, 3 handball courts, 2 baseball pitches WOODED AREA: 5 km woodland trail with mainly coniferous trees, fitness and orientation trail, games for children, muscle building and stretching areas etc. MINIATURE TRAIN: runs Wed, Sat, Sun, public holidays + every day during school holidays from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm (7pm June to Sept.). Groups by reservation. Departure points: Boulevard de la Jeunesse & Allée de la Prairie. Length: 15 min Prices: €3.70, €2.30 for under 14s. Travels for events in Grand Lyon. The racecourse is at the edge of the woods.

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Jardin de Schkeuditz

Villefranche-sur-Saône > Rue Edith Piaf - rue d'Arménie
1500 sq. meter garden

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Parc thermal

Montrond-les-Bains > Rue du Geyser
The location is a picturesque setting for relaxing and leisure activities, and adds to the enjoyment of visitors and residents alike...

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Parc du Château de Longpra

Saint-Geoire-en-Valdaine > 401 allée de Longpra Longpra
Stroll through the park, through a path bordered by two hundred year old linden trees, let yourself be taken to the flower garden in front of the buttresses of the Chartreuse.

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Parc de Beauregard

Saint-Genis-Laval > 23 avenue de Beauregard
More than 15 ha 16th-c. Italian garden with 5 terraces: the upper part was converted into a romantic garden; the original design was kept when the other levels were restored.

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Jardin Hoche

Grenoble > boulevard Gambetta
Quiet downtown park.

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Jardin des 44 Enfants d'Izieu

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry aéroport > angle rues Raoul Servant, Etienne Rognon et Professeur Zimmermann
These martyrs were arrested by the Lyon Gestapo, run by Klaus Barbie, on 6 April 1944. They were held for a night at Fort Montluc before being transferred to Drancy and then to Auschwitz, where 42 were gassed on arrival; two adolescents were shot in Estonia. The location was chosen for its proximity to the Centre for the History of the Resistance.

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Les Roses Anciennes de la Bonne Maison

La Mulatière > 99 chemin de Fontanières
The best time for the roses is usually from 1 May to 1 June, and then after 15 August and in September. There are also other trees and plants including cedars, sephora, peonies and irises. Pets are not allowed.
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