On a high: Paris’ promenade plantée

Paris is acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but it isn’t one of plentiful green space. So you have to take your public parks when you find them – including ten metres up in the air.

The Promenade Plantée is a public garden tucked away on an old viaduct in the Bastille area of Paris. It was opened in 1993 on a disused stretch of track starting just east of Opéra Bastille.

Running for almost five kilometres, or three miles, the garden was part of the regeneration of the area. The railway line had closed in 1969 and the arches beneath it had become derelict too.

Now thousands of people make their way through the garden each year and the arches have become shops selling goods by local artists and craftspeople.

I love it there. Being in an enclosed garden up in the air has a charm all of its own.

It’s on my list of things to do today while I’m here in Paris this weekend. Whether I’ll be able to fit it in remains to be seen.

This entry was published on Saturday, 24 May 2014 at 08:01. It’s filed under Places and people and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “On a high: Paris’ promenade plantée

  1. go to the plant market.. by notre dame…quite lovely!

  2. A nice post Graham, about a lovely part of Paris. We walked it last year, and I agree it is charming. Hope you found the time to get there.

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