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Paris Green Spaces

(above: images from 3 parks and gardens visited today) It is not quite as famous as Copenhagen or Stockholm for its green credentials, but Paris holds its own as one of the greenest among the large cities of Europe. Siemen’s “Green City Index’ which ranks cities according to a range of indicators including levels of carbon dioxide emmissions, buildings, energy and water governance places Paris as the second greenest large city on the continent – after Berlin. In overall terms, it ranks 10th with an aggregate score of close to 73 out of a potential 100 points. (The Green City Index is interesting in itself, click here) Now, whether the methodology is sound is another issue. Suffice it to say that the ranking is based on a series of 16 quantitative indicators, publicly available statistics where applicable and is executed under the auspices of the Economist Intelligence Unit. I am not sure to what degree the green spaces in the Greater Paris region – which is in fact what ranks 10th in Europe for its …

Secret Garden(s) and Old Vineyards: Parc de Bercy

Parts of Parc de Bercy do not give the impression of being part of Paris. Beautifully green, and untamed, it feels like something of a secret garden hidden away from the hustle and bustle. I took a few pictures of a part of the ‘Parc’ that used to be at the heart of some of the vineyards around Paris. (accessed through Metro Stop 6, Bercy) Apparently there is also a market that is at the Village de Bercy’s centre. This will be on the agenda for further exploration. This picture I came across is quite intriguing – I would love to see Village de Bercy’s at Metro stop Cour Saint -Emilion on line 14 soon. *add to to-do list!*