Tag: gardens and parks

Composting in Paris. Niamh Tixier.

Paris Parks & Gardens: Composting in Paris

Niamh Tixier, an Irish resident of Paris, volunteers to join the composting team in her local park and takes her turn stirring the compost bin, only to learn the sad truth about this nourishing pile of rubbish.

Paris Parks & Gardens: The Cross-City Tourist

Donna Evleth, a longtime resident of Paris, lives near the Luxembourg Garden, but on this day she's a cross-city tourist. Searching for a park she's never visited and for a less formal garden where she can walk on the grass, she crosses Paris to the Folie Titon Garden in the 11th arrondissement. That's only the beginning of this tale of discovery

Paris Parks & Gardens: Nudism in the Vincennes Woods

In which the author visits the officially designated nudist zone in the Vincennes Woods for a close look at public nudism in Paris and discovers that it's not so different from visiting the Eiffel Tower.

Paris Parks & Gardens: Ratatouille’s Extended Family

“Maman, Papa ! C’est Ratatouille!” screeched a delighted child as a furry little creature scampered across the playground. It wasn’t an isolated sighting. I’d had several brushes with rats on my daily strolls, so when posters announced a town meeting dedicated to "the battle against rodents,” I saved the date.
Conservatoire du bégonia (c) Patrick Rose

The Begonia Conservatory: Without Rochefort There Would Be No Begonias

The town of Rochefort in western France, best known for its historic naval dockyard, is home to Europe’s most important collection of begonias, which is to be expected given that there would be no begonias (or magnolias or fuchsias) were it not for Rochefort. An explanation and a visit.
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Loire Valley: Where There’s a Château There’s a Garden Waiting to Be Discovered

The chateaux of the Loire Valley each tell a story, many stories in fact, mostly told in limestone and slate. But not all of its stories are written in stone. Some are also told in vegetation (gardens, parks, woods and forests) and water (rivers, streams, canals and basins).
A glimpse of the chateau of Chaumont from the domain's International Garden Festival. Photo GLK.

Chaumont Playfully Imagines Gardens of the Future

Corinne LaBalme reports on the International Garden Festival at Chaumont, one of the most delightful castle ground strolls in the Loire Valley. With “Gardens from the Coming Century” as its theme for 2016, the festival presents the brave new world of flower beds, hydroponics and botanical fantasies. Castle-hoppers exploring the valley and day-trippers from Paris take note.

A Year Ends, A Year Begins in a Hopeful Little Paris Garden

The year 2015 ends on a bright and hopeful day in Paris. I’m relieved to feel no compulsion to come up with resolutions for 2016; I can simply reuse those of 2015 since none of them was realized. Something about this makes me happy.

The Coulée Verte: A Green and Gentle Promenade in Eastern Paris

Sixteen years before New York's instantly celebrated High Line opened, Paris inaugurated its own planted promenade, a strip of green cutting east-west through the 12th arrondissement along the path of old train tracks. The 3-mile long path of greenery called the Coulée Vert René-Dumont flows from near the Bastille to the Paris beltway, offering views of urban architecture along the way.

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