Twitter. Turkey's youth may be protesting about much more that just the demolishing of one of their capital's largest green spaces, but this question still got me to thinking... Could we imagine a day when our cities no longer have parks?
Paris is not Paris without les Tuileries, or Jardin du Luxembourg, or even my most recent discovery, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. I often complain that there is not enough green space in the French capital, especially compared to London's plethora of squares, gardens, and green nooks in every open space possible. But I recently realized that there is no reason to complain... If you want green, wild, lush park life in Paris, you can seek it out, and you will find it.
If you need to get lost in the middle of a forest, wind through rough dirt paths to come out onto a lake, Paris happens to be encircled by two woods. One of them, Bois de Vincennes, is only a 20 minute metro ride away.
Paris is beautiful architectually, yes, but it would lose a great deal of this beauty if we were to wipe out the natural spots that are essential when all you need is... A. Breath. Of. Fresh. Air.
Can you imagine your city without its parks? I don't think the people of Istanbul can either (#occupyTurkey).
[All photos found on my Instagram.]