The small gardens and covered passages of Paris are like jewels sprinkled around the concrete and cobblestones of the city. The Seine is the main waterway, with the Canal St. Martin and the Canal de l'Ourcq offering alternatives on the north eastern side of the city. The liquid jewels of Paul de Lavenne de Choulot, a descendant of Louis VI, in Le Vésinet are the epitome of magnificent waterway design.
The center of the city is north of the train station built around the church, just like all old French cities, life revolved around religion, so all commerce gathered nearby.
Even the gardening sheds are picturesque
The ponds and parks are public with benches along the walkways that offer views like this.
This is the house where Josephine Baker lived for 18 years (construction workers were entering so I got a look through open gates)