I was wandering through the 20th arrondissement with a good friend of mine on a sunny Spring day, discussing how Paris and Tokyo are two big capitals that are lacking in green spaces. In the summer, Paris can feel swelteringly hot… The city is already densely populated as it is, and it’s true that these days I get excited at the sight of a tree-lined streets.
Upon entering the Jardin Naturel, we were bathed in an ethereal green light that seemed to completely mute any surrounding and our skin was suddenly cooled down. Was this just the magic of leafy shade? No, green spaces filter pollution, provide natural habitats, and people living in areas with more bird life are apparently happier!
Grab your favourite natter-buddy, your current book, your energetic toddler and head over to the Jardin Naturel and lose yourself in this quiet, sheltered garden. There’s a rather low-key pond with newts, water snails, and pond-skaters (don’t expect Monet’s waterlilies) and you can tell that it’s frequented by local schools as their local nature reserve as it’s dotted with information about the flora and fauna.