After the record temperatures reached last week in Paris we wondered how we would deal with it on our trip this weekend.
We watched the news and saw images of people flocking to the parks, fountains and the Paris Plage in an attempt to cool down. In a heatwave Parisians don't necessarily escape the city except to the parks - as it's much cooler under the trees.
One of my favourite parks is Jardin des Tuileries, its central axis provides an elegant promenade between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Formal allees divide the space and are punctuated the by rows of manicured trees, grassy areas, ponds and flowery borders.
This park draws you in. There are benches to sit but the most popular are the green metal chairs which Parisians pull around the ponds or shady spaces under the trees.
We needn't have worried though, because the heat was short-lived and temperatures returned to normal and with that came the rain. As a result we found the parks rather deserted, chairs and benches abandoned offering an intriguing snapshot of park life.