In the east of Paris, le Bois de Vincennes, is currently one of the biggest park in Paris. Historically it used to be use as a military training camp during the French revolution before becoming a public park by the end of the 19th century. Part of the 12th district of Paris, it is situated on the edge of Paris and seven others towns.
Nowadays, the wood is a cultural and sport place. Its natural habitat, it equipments and activities attract all year long many (dog) walkers, sportspersons and people who are looking for relaxing and quiet moment far from the city pollutions. Its ecological role is important. Its biodiversity get daily work and improvement to protect its streams, its lakes, its various type of trees and plants where live many insects, birds and amphibians. It also includes the very popular Zoo of Vincennes.
In 2014 when I move to Nogent sur Marne, at 10mn walk from the wood, it immediately became part of my life. Like many other parents, I first started to walk my young daughter around the Lac des Minimes and its surrounding paths. Then looking for some quieter and relaxing place, I have been wandering many of its paths and observe its everyday life and natural environment. Since, I have been discovering a beautiful, fragile environment and a place filled with poetry and life. It is a wonderful part of our city, a great piece of wood and countryside that we must protect for the future generation.