Flowers in Luxembourg Gardens Paris. Photo by Donna L. Long, 2014. All rights reserved.

Paris Lessons: Public Gardens and City Life

One of the best things about living in the 6th arrondissement, is the Luxembourg Gardens. The Luxembourg Gardens were a ten-minute walk from the small boutique hotel we stayed in. For several afternoons, we ended our action-packed days lounging on comfortable park benches. The park was full of Parisians of various ages enjoying the sun,…

Street trees long the Quai De Conti in Paris. Photo by Donna L. Long.

Paris Lessons: Street Trees and Strolling in the Shade

Paris is hailed as a walkable city, as is Philadelphia. What makes a city walkable are sidewalks, clearly marked areas for pedestrians to cross streets and plenty of traffic lights and directional signs. Where Paris excels and Philadelphia does not is shade trees. When Louis XIV focused on making the city beautiful, he and his advisors…

Metropolitan metro station entrance, paris, France. Photo by Donna L.  Long, 2014. All rights reserved.

Paris Lessons: Bikes, Trains and Automobiles

My whole eight days in Paris were spent walking and taking the Metro, Paris’ underground train (subway). I didn’t take taxis or ride in a car. I never rode on a bus either. My eight days in Paris were spent traveling underground and on foot. Paris is almost circular. The Seine River divides the rough…

A cardinal feeds in my garden.

Nature Calendar for 2015

Hello, Fellow Naturalists I used to publish a newsletter each season but decided to try something a bit different this year. There will be one nature calendar for the whole year and qurterly seasonal article roundups, nature journal prompts seasonal events lists and more, will be separate posts. Nature Holidays, Moons, Special Events for 2015…