|The St. Leon church in the Dupleix neighborhood in the 15th,|
not far from the Champ de Mars. This is a charming, quiet area.
On our walks, we've been noticing cendriers (ashtrays) that have been installed along public streets. These look like stainless steel boxes attached to utility poles or trash containers.
The experiment on the Rue du Commerce will involve educating people about the new rule, and giving them warnings (not tickets, at this point).
|The Linnette Café, our new favorite place to stop for refreshments|
when walking along Avenue Rapp.
The compactors will hold 7 times as much trash as the corbeilles, which can often bee seen overflowing with trash, particularly on weekends when people have been partying.
Farmers are called agriculteurs in French, and so farmers in the City of Paris are called Parisculteurs. Two sites in the 15th are new prizewinners in the 3rd edition of the city's Parisculteurs program. One site of 1600 square meters will be put to agricultural use by the Chemins de l'Esperance (Roads of Hope) association.
|Several ways to sweeten coffee at Restaurant Stephane Martin.|
In Paris, one of those farms is atop the hotel Yooma, in the Beaugrenelle area. Reportedly, the Yooma farm has been a huge success. Another existing project in the middle of the rue Paul Barruel in the 15th is also being used to educate children about urban farming.
The biggest urban farm in the world, according to the 15th's magazine, will open in Spring 2020 on top of pavilion 6 of Parc des Expositions, the huge Paris convention center on the southern edge of the 15th. The two companies selected to run this farm will employ 20-some fruit and vegetable farmers there. They'll grow thirty-some species of fruits and veggies, using a variety of modern techniques.
|Metal Great Blue Heron statues at Julian, a florist|
shop on the Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg.
Speaking of air and noise pollution, I have observed that the French are much better than Americans at using leaf blowers which are battery powered. These electric leaf blowers are quite powerful and very efficient. I've seen them in use in Paris parks and along Paris streets. They are not anywhere near as noisy as gas powered blowers, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, they do not pollute the air. Why can't Americans figure this out? Why do Americans want to produce air and noise pollution with gas powered leaf blowers? It makes no sense. Only a handful of cities have banned gas powered blowers. Even supposedly environmentally oriented cities like Sanibel are dragging their feet when it comes to banning gas powered leaf blowers.
More environmental news later . . . .
|The Eiffel Tower on a gorgeous Fall day.|
|Julian, florist on the Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg.|
|Flowers amid the flowering shrubbery-lined Rue Cognacq Jay.|
|Chef Stephane Martin serves his signature pork roast|
with red cabbage cooked in honey -- a dish for two that
could feed a family of four or six!
|Stephane Martin's chocolate lava cake is made with|
particularly rich chocolate from Tanzania.