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The Greening of Paris

Many sick old trees around Paris were cut down over the summer, their trunks dug up and fresh soil laid down to prepare for the fall plantings. Fences such as this keep people out of the dirt. But in the mean time, with all of the rain and sunshine we had in August they sprouted […]

A New Forest Begins

In the last few weeks, Paris has opened access to the first forest ever to be planted within the city itself. Covering a narrow strip less than half a kilometre long, and currently home to mere saplings, will it ever feel like a wild woodland? After visiting the transiant landscape of this creation in progress […]

A Place in the Sun

After such a wet and cloudy spring, what Parisian *wouldn’t* want an app telling you exactly where to find the sunny terraces around town? I actually saw a sticker for the Sunny Chairs Paris app on a traffic light pole this morning while walking the dogs and downloaded it immediately. You can search by arrondissement, […]

Paris Zoo Reopens!

The Paris Zoo (Parc Zoologique de Paris) celebrated its 80th anniversary with a reopening in June 2014. The six-year closure was necessary to plan renovations. The zoo had never had been renovated or upgraded since 1934. Now, instead of being cooped in cages according to their type, the one hundred eighty park species, including the […]

A Car-Less Champs-Elysees?!

For the first time ever, the Champs-Elysees will be closed to automobiles in observance of July 14, or what Americans (but not the French) call Bastille Day. From 2pm-6pm, the famed promenade will be for pedestrians only. Most Parisians and savvy expats avoid the Champs-Elysees, a morass of tourists and chain stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch.This […]

The Goat Moat!

You may have noticed, while strolling through the Jardin des Tuileries, that there are goats in the grassy “moat” near the Grand Bassin (on the east end of the gardens). Don’t feed them! These are an endangered breed of goats (Chèvres des Fossés) brought in to “mow” the grass in the steep ravines that are […]

A Place for Paris Pooches

After lobbying by groups such as Chiens en Ville, Paris now has a real dog park, Le Square Jacques Antoine. It’s just off the Place Denfert-Rochereau in the 14th. It’s open 24/7, with special gates and chain-link fencing between the wrought-iron fencing to prevent escapes. You can let your dogs off leash, but you can’t bring […]

Day Trip Compendium

Within the first five pages of An Hour from Paris, I was swept into a desire to quickly read the entire book grab my camera, my Navigo, a bottle of water and head out. The personal update acknowledgements that first meet the reader introduce me to the author, Annabel Simms. Her manner of explaining her method […]

In a Land Not So Far

Although the Temple of Sybil, in the Buttes Chaumont, may not appear all that high on the cliff, it is indeed a hike and a suspension bridge away. How can all of this be only a mile or two from the center of Paris?

Succulents in the 13th

Two friends have a thing for the California desert, and visit it pretty much once a year. The large terrace of their 13th arrondissement apartment has become a sort of homage to the Southwest US. I’m amazed that their cacti and succulents, some of which are several years old, have survived the Paris weather. The […]

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