Since our schedules are exactly opposite, we usually have only Sunday to spend together so we decided to use this past Sunday to explore the Promenade Plantée. It is an elevated “hidden” walkway that was constructed on top of an old railway built in 1859 that connected the Bastille to Vincennes. It has inspired similar walkways in New York, Chicago and Philly.
We rode the Vélib’s – a public bike rental system in Paris – from our apartment near Montmartre down to the Bastille and spent some time walking the 2.9 mile walkway. The most interesting part of the Promenade Plantée is that, from the ground below, you wouldn’t even know it exists…it really is like a secret passage! The walkway ends at the Jardin de Reuilly, a well-kept park that we’d never seen before. Filled with families, yogis and puppies, this may become a new picnic spot!
After the promenade, we rode bikes back to Bastille to stop by a little bar for happy hour before riding home. The second discovery of the evening? Girl is a significantly better cyclist when she’s had a beer.
//Photos: July 2011 Promenade Plantée 11ème