Walking Paris: the Promenade Plantée

We lived in Paris for 6 months a couple of years ago and, during this time, we made a point of making the most of this amazing city...
Because Paris is really a surprisingly amazing city, more than any travel guide or magazine will ever tell you. And it is lively. And so full of art. And so deeply French!

During those 6 months we tried to optimize our time and to feed our love for art. But, although we deeply loved the amount and variety of museums that the Ville Lumière displays, I have to admit that one of my dearest memories of our time in Paris comes from when we walked the Promenade Plantée.
Let me explain you why.

The Promenade Plantée is a 4,5 Km park walkway starting behind the Opera Bastille above the Viaduc des Arts, ending at the Bois de Vincennes and passing through the Jardin de Reuilly, ancient railway tunnels and the Jardin Charles Peguy.

Place de la Bastille

It is an extraordinary journey above street level (at least for the first part) among Parisians rooftops, surrounded by flowers and trees along the long-abandoned mid-19th century viaduct. The conversion started in 1988 and the walkway was inaugurated in 1993, but it has really become popular with locals only recently and it is mostly unknown to the tourists that are probably too busy visiting the more popular landmarks to discover this little jewel.

The views are spectacular in the elevated part of the park walkway and the atmosphere is extremely relaxed: traffic is 10 meters below and from above you can enjoy some interesting architectural details of the astonishing buildings surrounding you....until the moment when the walkway reaches street level and you find yourself cutting in two modern buildings to end up surrounded by wild lush vegetation to the point that you wonder if you are still in Paris. But of course you are, as you will be reminded when entering the elegant and perfectly kept Bois de Vincennes.

Bois de Vincennes

Bois de Vincennes

Walking the Promenade Plantée offers you the experience of a real journey within an iconic city that can always surprise you.

Note: if you have good legs you may decide to go the extra mile and extend the walk up to the interesting Chateau de Vincennes!


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