Poppy in Paris: In Honor of Love

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Poppy in Paris: In Honor of Love
Working as an au pair in Paris, Poppy Pearce explores the city in her free time. She documents her favorite finds – exhibitions, restaurants, boutiques, day trips – in an exclusive Bonjour Paris column. Find previous editions here. The month of February is often associated with love due to Valentine’s day falling on the 14th. Red roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, and sentimental cards flood the high street with it becoming impossible to book a table at a restaurant mid-month. While Valentine’s day is traditionally a celebration of romantic love, for this month’s column, I want to focus on other existing forms of love. According to Greek philosophy, there are seven types of love. These other incarnations of amour do not get the recognition they deserve, and in my opinion, can often be even more important than romantic love. So the theme for my column this month is non-romantic things in Paris that I love, and why I love them. Enjoy! Aujordhui, Demain. Photo credit: Poppy Pearce Restaurant of the Month: Aujourd’hui Demain 42 Rue Du Chemin Vert, 11th Monday: 11:00 A.M. – 7 P.M. Tuesday to Sunday: 11 A.M. – 10:30 P.M. Metro: Bastille (Line 1, 5, and 8) or Bréguet-Sabin, Richard Lenoir (Line 5) One thing I love above anything is our beautiful planet: the only one known to harbor life within the emptiness of infinite space. I love that it houses an astonishing 300,000 plant species, over 600,000 species of fungi, and about 10,000,000 species of animals. I love that we are still yet to discover over 95% of our oceans and that there are still uncharted rainforests and mountains. I love the evolutionary intricacy of nature: coral reefs and bees and snowflakes and eyes. I love our guardians, the trees, who act as natural climate regulators and store our overproduced carbon dioxide. I love the awe-inspiring art that our planet creates: the starling murmurations and the northern lights and the bioluminescent shores and the rainbows. We as humans are so lucky to have the opportunity to experience life on our planet. Yet Earth is currently undergoing a triple planetary crisis: climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. In the long term, and if change is not soon made, Earth’s fragile ecosystems will be thrown off kilter and we will see an even further decline or complete disappearance of biological diversity. Every one of us has the power to make a difference, no matter how small and insignificant it may feel. Over the past few years, whenever January comes around, I hear the phrase Veganuary. This year, I thought I would look into it further. Aujordhui Demain. Photo credit: Poppy Pearce
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Lead photo credit : Château de Chantilly, Oise department, France, as seen from northwest. Photo credit: Jebulon/ Wikimedia commons

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Inspired by the rich culture that France has to offer, Poppy Pearce moved to Paris as an au pair in August 2022. Having gained a degree in Theology and Religion with Arabic from the University of Exeter, Poppy has a passion for languages and experiencing new cultures. When she’s not working, Poppy loves to explore everything that Paris has to offer, from exhibitions and museums, to restaurants and second-hand clothing stores.

Comments

  • Peter Skipwith
    2023-02-18 04:20:33
    Peter Skipwith
    Paris has such great humour and imagination: a laundrette that at 6pm turns into a cafe bar, irresistible.

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    • Poppy Pearce
      2023-03-07 01:41:12
      Poppy Pearce
      Isn't it just! Thank you for your comment, Peter.

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  • Ellen A
    2023-02-09 08:02:03
    Ellen A
    Poppy, your articles are delightful! Your writing is clear and appealing, and your selection of experiences is fresh and original. Thanks for bringing us new ideas for exploring Paris and the surrounds.

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    • Poppy Pearce
      2023-03-07 01:37:44
      Poppy Pearce
      Hi Ellen! Thank you for your lovely comment. Have a great day!

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