Monday, July 06, 2009

Paris, such a green city!


Paris is said to be much less green than other big European cities like London or Berlin, but trees and grass do manage to make their way through concrete! And more precisely, according to Wikipedia, we have 450 "green spots" including: 2 woods (almost 20% of Paris surface), 16 parks, 137 gardens, 274 squares, plus a few walkways and other miscellaneous surfaces. I took this photo at La Pelouse de Reuilly, in the 12th arrondissement (and no, before you ask, I did not photoshop the green!)

35 comments:

  1. Ah les espaces verts... Is this golf though? Gosh, I didn't expect though, not sure why. Do you play, Eric?

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  2. Since I know next to nothing about photoshop I would never think have thought of it.

    There is something to be said about laying in the grass on a nice summer's day!

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  3. "I would never think have thought of it." WTF? You know what I mean!

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  4. LOL thanks, From Cali he he I knew what you meant!

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  5. It is a very green picture for a nice warm summer day.

    Lynn ~ GF two days in a row...WOW!

    Cali & Lynn ~ Help! what is WTF mean. I'm not into texting and don't know what all these abbreviated words mean. Remember I'm a Gramma...;)

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  6. Gramma Ann: you don't want to know what WTF means as it is BAAAAAD, MJ BAD. It is what the eff, 'nuff said. Apologies. As long as we are on the subject do you know what mofo means? LOL! I hope Eric doesn't ban me for life from his blog!

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  7. From Cali LOL gosh I'm glad I came in after you and you got the job! You then decided to bring up mofo? Putting yourself through it or what? he he. :)

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  8. Cali ~ No I don't know what mofo means. I live a very sheltered life. haha Maybe Eric can explain what it means. hee hee. I suppose I don't want to know that either.

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  9. Lynn ~ WHAT? you don't want to explain either? hee hee How baaaaaad could it be?

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  10. Lynn: this one is all yours. You are GF, after all. Let's not even get started on what GF COULD stand for. :O

    Gramma Ann: I have lived a sheltered live also. My language: not so much!

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  11. Sheltered life! Geez, unless it's a curse word I can't spell for the life, life, life of me!

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  13. I'm surprised Paris is said to be "less green" than other European cities. I thought it was very green when I was there. You Europeans! You do green so well! That's one reason Americans like me fall in love with Europe. (There are many more reasons, of course.)

    Cali, I'm careful with my language but I haven't lived a sheltered life. What does that say about us? (Maybe nothing?)

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  14. wierd - I always think of Paris as much greener than London - here the green is concentrated into parks but in Paris its everywhere - along the boulevards, around a corner etc.

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  15. Gramma Ann, I'm in the granny age zone,too, and my secret source of information of the type "they" are trying to shelter us from can be found at www.urbandictionary.com. I've bookmarked it. Heh!
    Lee

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  16. Lee ~ The way it sounds I think I better stay in my little sheltered corner. There are some things I guess it is better I not know. Hee, hee. But thanks anyway.

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  17. "Forbes Names Paris Most Stylish City" DUH!

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  18. Petrea: I think it says I need to come out and play more!

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  19. I don't remember seeing any green space in Rome except along the river Tevere. In Venice? The only green area is in the garden of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (museum). That was odd to experience: only a few trees here and there, but a real garden of trees in the private space of an eccentric American. Never been to London. NY has Central Park, which is huge. Paris is full of gardens and parks.

    Maintenant, je suis dans le Jardin de Jeff. J'ai un gin and tonic, viewing photos of Florence. Maybe, Michael, I'll need that arm to help turn the corner. Oh, wait, that was yesterday's photo. I'm so confused...

    Is this guy in today's photo playing Frisbee golf?

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  20. I think this guy is a tourist (or otherwise slightly lost), map in hand, standing by his little electric scooter with its flag to be seen by bigger vehicles and a jacket hanging on the handlebar.
    Lee

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  21. Wow! The greens are so tempting! I so want to lie myself down or simply play off...

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  22. Oh, by the way: about yesterday's post. Ok, so Cirque de Soleil is Quebecois. That's almost French. On top of that, I'm watching "To Catch a Thief" right now, a masterpiece movie filmed along the Cote d'Azur. That should make up for it. Even if it doesn't, any time I can watch Grace Kelly...I don't care what you think!!! Must be the G & Ts.

    (Oh, I apologize, but I have not found the commands for using grammatical accents on my new laptop.)

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  23. Jeff, this piece of information might interest you:

    A conductor friend of mine, named Marco Zambelli, has performed for Rainier III for his 81st Birthday in Monaco. Of course, it was a party Grace Kelly herself wouldn't be able to attend.

    http://www.operadomani.net/en/content/marco-zambelli

    Cheers!

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  24. A lovely green, and very appropriate for those who think playing golf is like watching grass grow.

    Gramma Ann, Lynn, Cali ~ LOL! I'm glad I arrived too late to get in on the explanations. Very nicely managed, though, from cali! ;)

    Jeff, your garden sounds like a fun place to be!

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  25. Have to agree with Eli - for me, Paris is dotted with green. Add up all those dots and you might get a couple of Hyde Parks!

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  26. 20% woods plus all the other green areas don't sound little to me!

    Amazing color!

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  27. The blog is very interesting. would always like to read and be amazed.Manuela

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  28. I just discovered that little park a few weeks ago when I was walking along the viaduc des arts.(promenade plantee). I didn't go in, but it looks like such a great park--and there weren't as many people as in some other parks.

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  29. Oh,my. Phew. From Cali, Gramma Ann and Lynn - I'm ROFL (MDR)!! Gramma Ann, that's: Rolling On Floor Laughing (Morte de Rire). ; )

    Eric - or anyone - what is this guy doing? It doesn't look like golf. Its the shape of a rolling mailbag (American), but I don't think he's a mailman. Now, there's a photo you could grab for us, Eric - you've shown us a mailbox, but, I've never seen a Parisian mail delivery person or what they use to transport the mail in.

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  30. From Cali - I have to agree about the grass - laying in the grass under a warm sun is one of the sweetest things in the world.

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  31. Now that I've looked at it again, it doesn't look anything like a mailbag (American)! Unless it were mounted on a skateboard with front and back wheel!

    Our mail deliverers use a sort of tripod on wheels with a bag of mail attached to push the mail around. Sometimes, too, they have a shoulder bag and sometimes they have a little truck (which has the steering wheel on the opposite side from all the other cars and trucks). Is it the same in Paree (as Lynn would say!)?

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  32. I think this guy tried to go off-road and got stuck!

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