Paris is one of the world’s most famous cities. The Eiffel tower is known far and wide, a shining symbol - literally, especially by night - of the City of Light’s romantic and grand characteristics. Then there’s the impressive Louvre, the gorgeous Tuilerie gardens, the Arc de Triomphe, the many little sidewalk café’s where wine is almost cheaper than water, the little shops and the great fashion houses …
One may think a visitor to this most beautiful of European capitals would not be in need of any escape, but what if we tell you it’s possible to be in Paris but also to also be transported to a luscious, green and quiet bit of scenery, perched above its streets?
The ‘Promenade Plantée’ offers just that. Also called the Coulée verte René-Dumont, it is a 4.7 kilometers long walkway built on a railway that’s no longer in use, above the 12th arrondissement.
Though still relatively unknown among the typical tourist, it was opened in 1993 already. It’s relatively quiet compared to the parks, its design is secluded, with floral arrangements and trees shielding the narrow stretch where joggers and strollers alike share the lovely views onto the typical facades of ‘Haussmannien’ apartments.
The entrance is near the Place de la Bastille, by the Viaduc des Arts and runs till the Bel-Air Métro station and the Bois de Vincennes.
More info here: http://www.promenade-plantee.org