The Planted Promenade

 

planteeOccasional warm and sunny days, the trees finally bursting with leaves, drinks on outside terraces and the first gelato of the season – it’s easy to love spring in Paris. Still, as a big city, it isn’t always the best setting to enjoy the delights of the season. Wouldn’t it be nice, just occasionally, to live in a cute little village where you could stroll along under blossoming trees and never once being cut off by a scooter?

Well, guess what: you can, right in the middle of Paris! If you’ve heard of the Promenade Plantée but have never gotten around to seeing it, there is absolutely no better time than right now. And if the name doesn’t ring a bell, you’re in for a treat.

The Promenade Plantée is a former railroad track that came into Paris from the east and ended at the Gare de Bastille, back when there was a station there. It’s since been converted into a stretch of pedestrian-only paradise: a raised portion flying over the 12th arrondissement from the Bastille Opera to the Jardin de Reuilly, followed by another couple of kilometers along a path and under the Boulevard Péripherique, theoretically all the way to the woods in Vincennes.

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6 Responses to “The Planted Promenade”

  1. Comment by David (Paris Ambassador) | 05/07/09 at 9:54 pm

    This stroll is really worth doing in spring during shiny days. I especially like to observe the flowers buds and watch the street life with a dominating view from the bridge. After the viaduc, the pedestrian track is coupled with a bicycle path. A funny thing to do is to walk from Bastille to bois de Vincennes (around an hour and a half) and rent a vélib at bois de Vincennes. At one point, one should notice la Gare de Reuilly, a former train station converted into an office building, witness of the existence of this former railroad.

  2. Comment by David (Paris Ambassador) | 05/07/09 at 9:54 pm

    This stroll is really worth doing in spring during shiny days. I especially like to observe the flowers buds and watch the street life with a dominating view from the bridge. After the viaduc, the pedestrian track is coupled with a bicycle path. A funny thing to do is to walk from Bastille to bois de Vincennes (around an hour and a half) and rent a vélib at bois de Vincennes. At one point, one should notice la Gare de Reuilly, a former train station converted into an office building, witness of the existence of this former railroad.

  3. Comment by Charles Moulton | 05/13/09 at 7:23 pm

    I live in East Tenness and we seem to have the same weather except spring comes a couple of weeks earlier. We are surrounded with the big outdoors with the Smokey National Park, about seven national forests within a three hour drive, and the recently completed Big South Fork recreational area. The Tennessee River valley running NE to SW is wide and well suited to orchards and pasture as well as farming. It lies between the Smoky and Cumberland mountains.

  4. Comment by Charles Moulton | 05/13/09 at 7:23 pm

    I live in East Tenness and we seem to have the same weather except spring comes a couple of weeks earlier. We are surrounded with the big outdoors with the Smokey National Park, about seven national forests within a three hour drive, and the recently completed Big South Fork recreational area. The Tennessee River valley running NE to SW is wide and well suited to orchards and pasture as well as farming. It lies between the Smoky and Cumberland mountains.

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