Escape the metropolitan madness of France’s chaotic capital with a visit to the suburban sanctuary of Le Blanc-Mesnil. Boasting endless stretches of green space and relaxed provincial atmosphere; Le Blanc-Mesnil is an ideal springboard from which to visit Paris and its scenic surroundings. Wander the winding streets of the centre, stopping for coffee and croissants in quaint cafes, or delve into the lush greenery of the nearby vineyards for an immersive experience of one of France’s finest exports.
Le Blanc-Mesnil’s most arresting vision is undoubtedly the Eglise Notre Dame, with its granite spire and dramatically sloping sides. The grand entrance portal of this fine ecclesiastical example welcomes worshippers to obverse the richly decorated interior and impressive altarpiece.
Escape the urban atmosphere in the verdant expanse of Jacques Duclos Park, the region’s largest municipal park. In the sublime sixty-acre sprawl, wanderers will find ancient trees, wonderful wildlife and bounteous greenhouses.
Incredibly regular trains speed into the magnificently metropolitan centre of France’s proud capital of Paris in only 30 minutes, so an integral part of your Le Blanc-Mesnil itinerary should be a visit. Wander the impossibly romantic streets before ascending to the Eiffel Tower’s vertiginous vantage point and explore the interminable corridors of the Louvre Museum to discover world renowned art works.
Le Blanc-Mesnil’s close proximity to the cosmopolitan city of Paris means its culinary scene enjoys a rich international influence. A restaurant acclaimed by both locals and visitors alike is Sushi Asahi, an elegant Japanese restaurant whose fresh flavours and creative combinations is guaranteed to impress; sample signature sushi dishes that combine sublime salmon with healthy avocado, or savour the crispy skin and tender meat of roasted duck. (146-148, Avenue du 8 Mai 1945, 93150 Le Blanc-Mesnil, France)