I've been to Parc Monceau only once and loved it right away. Maybe because it has a homey, neighborhood feeling, (a public park situated in the 8th arrondissement of Paris) maybe because of the classical colonnade in the middle of it, or maybe because of the Kids' carousel. You can also find an Egyptian pyramid, a Chinese fort, a Dutch windmill. All in one garden. Highly recommended with kids, or for a stroll in a late afternoon. You will feel like a local, as most tourists hardly visit there
Bus 84 is a little like a Manhattan "crosstown" bus. This north-south route stops at or near the Parc Monceau, Church of the Madeleine, Place de la Concorde, Musee D'Orsay, Church of St. Sulpice, Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon.
"I was taken aback by the variety of greenery; exotic looking palms among huge deciduous trees with purple leaves, and flowers the likes of orange lilies, geraniums, and celosias (or more specifically, Cock's Comb). It is most simply described as picturesque; always clean, frequented by Parisians with their children and/or dogs, active sorts such as tai chi practitioners, or sole adventurers looking for paradise on a park bench. Just beware of the joggers, they run laps around the periphery in hoards and threaten to mow you down if you linger too long while crossing the path. May I just say, I was kind of shocked to see anyone running in this city, besides to make it through rapidly closing doors of the metro."