save the bees…

Magpie's Nest Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotelwe had occasion to speak to French bee keepers in the lobby of our hotel in Paris…Magpie's Nest Attention Abeilles Paris

their education booth was a nice surprise and we learned that city bees are doing better than country bees these days…

Magpie's Nest Queen Beefor over 15 years Paris has officially been a pesticide-free zone which aids breeding in addition to the warmth of the city environment…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Up on Arc de Triomphewe enjoyed the views of Paris after walking up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe (you can see the people along the top…we could feel the wind vibration in some of those security spikes)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Green Paris Rooftops(some lovely Paris rooftop gardens with a new one going in on the bottom left)

I am joining Erika’s JOURNEYS challenge over at Art Journal Journey with this spread in my French Travel Journal…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French Bee Journal Pages“Stop using chemicals in your garden.  In the US more chemical tonnage is used on lawns and golf courses than on crops.  Even people with apartments routinely use pesticides on their window boxes, killing every butterfly that visits.”  –Mark Daniels, Director The Strange Disappearance Of The Bees


22 responses to “save the bees…

  1. Wonderful pages and photos. It’s so important to save the bees, we will all be lost if they die out. Thanks for joining us at AJJ, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Don’t you wish they made pesticides illegal world wide!!

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  3. I love the awareness you are spreading!(:

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  4. What a wonderful post Patty! The page you made is fantastic!
    May we rescue our bees worldwide!
    Thank you for such a wonderful post linked to AJJ liebe Patty!
    hugs
    Susi

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  5. Wonderful pictures Patty and so interesting about the Bee’s. Be nice if we did that here. The rooftop gardens are so pretty. I am afraid of heights but I admire the places you climb to see. xoxo

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  6. I love this Patty. I am interested in bees and have been reading up on them with the hopes of maybe someday adding a colony to my garden. I didn’t know that the city of Paris was fairing better than the country-for bees-who would have guessed that? Love your photos today and that page is spectacular. What a great memory. Hugs-Erika

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  7. Hurrah for Paris! What an achievement! On the home front, I have been so pleased to see an increase in bees and butterflies in my yard this spring. Once again, I love your beautiful journal pages.

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  8. A fantastic journal spread, your journal will be a great way to recall your memories. I agree about the bees and good to read that they are thriving in a city.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. Love the rooftop gardens and your art. It seems that most of Europe is way ahead of the U.S. in preservation of bees and humans through less use of pesticides .

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  10. So good to learn that in Paris live city bees and to see the wonderful rooftop gardens. You and me had seen one of the gardens when we stood under the Arc de Triomphe. Did you remember the building front all covered with plants, it was amazing to see. Your bee pages look so nice.
    I have some bees in a insects Home on my rooftop terrace. I like bees because I am also a Bee. 😉 THank you for the nice photos and for our time in Paris.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine

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  11. Oh, I love this journal page – the colours and images are beautiful and the gold bee embellishment is too cute! “Save our bees” is such an important message and I support this wholeheartedly, as well as not using pesticides we have been planting bee-friendly plants (like lavender) in our garden.
    Vive l’abeille (long live the bee) 🙂

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  12. What a timely post. And so interesting, too. If I ever decided to give up my single family dwelling, I would want to buy a condo with a rooftop garden where I could still have a garden and bees. Like the people of Paris, I also don’t believe in the use of pesticides. I’m even particular about the grass people give me for mulch. If they use anything on their lawns (other than water), I don’t want it in my garden. I was delighted by that quote at the end.

    As many times as I have seen the Arc de Triomphe, I had NO idea there were people up there, or that you could even climb it. Live and learn.

    Your latest AJJ entry is simply stunning. It certainly is a tribute to the hardest working workers on the planet.

    BTW, at Kew Gardens in London, there will soon be a new exhibit of an interactive bee hive. From what I understand, it had rave reviews when it was on display at the 2015 Milan Expo. I think it won some kind of a reward or something. Regardless, it seems Europe is very concerned about bees, while we in the US are more concerned about keeping our lawns better than the Jones’.

    I seem to be rambling now, so I’m going to say good night and have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  13. Beautiful photographs and journal page inspired by your visit which compliment your pictures so wonderfully. Interesting about the bees. Take care, xx

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  14. I fell totally in love with your bee spread, dear Patty,
    The warm glow and the old image, with mother and children, so lovingly looking after the bees in their bee hives ,gives me a lovely feeling of a more unspoiled world. So beautifully created with the blue flower paper pieces around.
    Also your telling ,from your bee Paris experience, sounds so amazing, and also as something to be shared world vide, to save the bees .as much as possible.
    A beautiful post dearest, thank you.
    Hugs xx

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  15. wonderful and informative post-and how fortunate you were at the right place and right time for that talk with the beekeepers! I m in love with your bee and French inspired journal spread. The ending quote- sad but true. Happy weekend to you. Hope Colin is continuing to have the time of his life.

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  16. What a lovely spread! I’ve been watching lots of bees collecting pollen from a beautiful bush in the garden of our Lakeside hotel 😃
    Alison xxx

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  17. I just read your comment about the LaB stamps. CHRIS sent me the bicycle stamp, but VALERIE sent me the balloon. Valerie also sent me another LaB stamp, which is a tree, but I’ve not had a chance to use it yet. I think Chris prefers clear stamps. Until I got the LaB stamp, I preferred red rubber, but now I wish I had the money to buy more of the silicone ones. They are a dream to use, and easy to grip, too. You will love your butterfly, I’m sure.

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  18. Forgot to mention. Just to clarify, you actually didn’t break your no more rubber stamps rule, because there’s no rubber in the LaB stamps!

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  19. Your pages are beeyootiful!

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  20. pearshapedchris

    Wow! Those gardens look great but it’s your journal page that I really love! Hugs, Chrisx

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  21. yay for Paris! I hear they are trying the same in the UK! Too bad so many use the pesticides here in the US “(
    It is true, I do not see as many butterflies as a did as a child,so sad!
    Your tribute to the bees is beautiful and your post inspiring!
    xx

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