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Paris’ Green Corridor

August 17, 2011

The Promenade Plantée (literally, “Planted Stroll”), or “La Coulée Verte”, is one of Paris’ best kept secret and a wonderful place to go for a stroll or just relax.

Built on an abandoned 19th-century railway viaduct used by freight trains to link the former Bastille railway station to the eastern suburbs of the French capital, the “Promenade” extends 4.5 kilometers and runs through the entire length of the 12th arrondissement, from the Opéra Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes. This green corridor is today, Europe’s longest and only elevated park.

From the Opéra Bastille to the Park Reuilly (Jardin de Reuilly), the Coulée verte consists of a narrow wood-paved pathway bordered with trees and planted flowers, which runs on top of the Viaduct des Arts for 1.5 kilometers. Beneath it, you can still admire the arches of the former viaduct which have now been converted into trendy art studios, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

Thereafter, at Park Reuilly, it becomes a community park at grade-or below street level where sun-bathers and picnickers like to come to unwind, muse and enjoy some quiet time.

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