This beautiful and a bit abandoned garden of Saint Germain is located between the buildings near the noisy, dusty street. At first, you do not even know if it is there because it’s part of the yard inside (see the picture). You can sneak through the gate!
In fact, there are several stores and agencies in the buildings facing the garden, so people come and go all the time. Every couple of minutes someone opens the gate. Just wait for them, nod thankfully, hold the gate door and enter without worries.
This garden was rebuilt several times. Many famous people of the 19th and 20th centuries used to walk and chat here. Some even lived here, like Feodor Chaliapin or Anna Akhmatova -check out the article- she lived nearby as you might already know.
It’s funny to think that in the 19th century this place used to be a suburban area; right now it’s the most central you can get.
Saint-Germain garden was also called “Palais-Royal” and “Belvedere” by the locals — French names seemed to be so much more beautiful then.
There are a lot of cats here to greet. And some benches to sit and rest yourself.