La Promenade Plantée, Paris ‘s best secret


THIS IS A REPOST … We are on our way back to Paris … so I will be posting our last trip this week and hope to have new posts the following week.
We will be staying around the corner from this fabulous walk!

The last time we visited Paris this is what happened… the next four days of posts tell that story …. we going back to make happy memories!

‘We woke this morning to the news of the Terror attack less than 2 km from our apartment and less than 1 km from the less than fabulous restaurant we dined in last night.
We are shocked. Heartbroken. Furious.
The advice is to stay inside. We did for the morning but the desire to witness and not be cowed by events lead us to the streets this afternoon.
Most shops, Museums, and 17 metro stations were closed. The small poster at the start of this blog started to appear everywhere on the streets.
There are fears of more attacks, and when a stream of Police vans spead through the streets this afternoon, everyone stood very still.”

Treasured and guarded by the locals in this emerging part of town, La Promenade Plantée is one of Paris’s best kept secrets. Also known as La Coulée verte, the walkway is the world’s first elevated urban park, on which New York city’s popular High Line was modelled. It’s fascinating example of the creative use of abandoned infrastructure, turning an inner-city eyesore into a stroll in the country. Originally a railroad track, the trail follows the route of the former Vincennes line that extended to the south-easter suburbs of Paris.

The line was shut down in 1969 and by the early 1990’s the track was completely transformed into this intriguing use of public space. Stretching 4.5 kilometres to the Bois de Vincennes, a sprawling public park on the eastern edge of the city, the Promenade Plantée runs almost the entire width of the 12th arrondisssement.

Beneath is Avenue Daumesnil, the red brick arches of the former railroad viaduct have also been restored and transformed into Viaduc des Arts, a succession of art and design studios and bespoke craft workshops, stretching to the Jardin de Reuilly. Occasional stairways down to the street provide access to nip down and browse. There are all sorts of unusual wares and specialists here, from made to order parasols and paper embosser to a producer of mechanical dolls and songbirds. You wont’t trip over these treasures by chance, but the detour is worth it. This is a large slideshow that may take a while to upload….

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