Paris offers many faces, and the 19th is one of the most contrasting and least well known. Shunned by tourists and even some Parisians, the 19th has at least two features worth discovering: La Vilette and les Buttes Chaumont.
La Vilette park offers strikingly modern architecture, spacious playgrounds for children, cultural and scientific exhibits...and instead of the Seine, the St. Martin canal and the Ourq canal. The contrast with the historical Paris center is unmistakable, yet it is only La Vilette is only fifteen minutes away by metro.
Haussmann created the Buttes Chaumont as a romantic park featuring a large rocky cliff with a 32 meter waterfall plunging into a circular lake. On top of the cliff is the Sybille temple, modeled after the ancient Roman Temple of Sybil in Tivoli, Italy. The park also boasts a grotto, a 63 meter-long suspension bridge and the 'suicide bridge' which is more than 30m (98 ft) above ground le vel. The park's 5km (3 miles) of walks also lead you past lawns and a large variety of plants and trees.