La Promenade Plantée

promenade (prɒməˈnɑːd,-ˈneɪd)

noun
1.a paved public walk, typically one along the seafront at a resort.

verb
1. take a leisurely public walk, ride, or drive so as to meet or be seen by others.

No one understands a promenade or how to promenade better than Parisians. From a stroll along the Left Bank to sashaying down the Champs Elycees, Parisians can promenade down a number of picturesque promenades.

This morning, we went in search of La Promenade Plantée, an out-of-use elevated rail line converted to a green walkway and opened in 1993.

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The Promenade Plantée, located in the 12th arrondissement, is 2.9 miles long and consists of 3 acres of gardens.

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The views from 10 meters up give you an interesting perspective on the city, particularly its sidewalk cafes and apartment buildings.

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The Promenade Plantée also passes over the Viaduc des Arts, arts and crafts shops built into an old viaduct. We didn’t quit our promenade to take a look, but we did stop to smell the roses (literally) before continuing on down the tree-lined walkway.

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