On your next trip to Paris, try to schedule your trip at the end of the month. A new policy inaugurated by President Francois Hollande opens the 18th century Elysee Palace gardens to the public every last Sunday. In the past, the palace and gardens were open to the public just once a year on France’s Heritage Days weekend in September. Access to the gardens is just off the Champs Elysee avenue via an ornate wrought-iron gate topped with gilt rooster, the French national symbol.
Details: The gardens are open from noon to 5 p.m. the last Sunday of the month from October to March, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. from April to September.