All posts filed under: Parks in Paris

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 …

Autumn Leaves in Small Parisian Parks

They say the first step to either recovery or to coping with addiction or other disproportionate behaviour is admitting that you have a problem. I am completely intoxicated and head-over-heels about Autumn in Paris. To some, it is a mild form of eccentricity, to others utter madness. To me, there is always a not so little joy to be taken out of taking pictures of golden leaves and the evidence of Autumn all around the city. To nurse my little problem I have drafted a list of potential parks to go to during this season to get my fix of stunning colours and falling leaves. The usual suspects are of course on the list – Bois de Boulogne, Bois de Vincennes (which is not far from where I stay), Luxembourg etc.. Nonetheless, the thrill of chasing autumn and its colours, its leaves will inevitably come from the less known, lower profile parks and gardens. Thanks to “Discover France” (click here) I’ve put together a list of gardens to see that may not be the biggest …