Paris has a huge variety of public green space, ranging from formal historic gardens to haphazard community veg plots and from urban squares to semi-wild woodland. After three years exploring the city I’m still finding green surprises in places I’ve not visited before, discovering hidden gardens I’d overlooked close to home and revisiting quiet corners of well known landmarks.
For over two years I counted Place de Vosges among my local green spaces and visited it in every season. A short uphill bike ride brought me to Parc de Belleville (with magnificent views across Paris) while twenty minutes on the metro offered the delights of the Parc Floral. Now we’ve moved across the river and our neighbourhood park is the Jardin du Luxembourg. I still can’t quite get used to that idea.
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There’s room for wildlife in the city too. In Père Lachaise cemetery self sown red valerian hums with bees and flutters with butterflies. Along the disused railway track of the Petite Ceinture wildflowers seed in the track ballast and robins sing in the wild hedgerows. There’s wetland for frogs and herons in Parc de Bercy and Parc Martin Luther King. And amidst the monumental modernist architecture of Bibliotheque François Mitterrand there’s a hidden forest in miniature, off limits to human visitors.
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