Paris: Strolling Along the Promenade Plantée

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the High Line (see here, here, and here), so I made it a priority to visit Paris’s own version of the park during my time in the city last fall (I did not, however, make blogging about it a priority; clearly, I am terribly behind the times here).

The Promenade Plantée is the original elevated park; finished in 1993, it actually pre-dates the High Line. The 2.9 mile long pathway winds its way through the 12th arrondissement, beginning not far from Bastille.

I spent a quiet Sunday afternoon at the park, meandering from one end to the other. While the gardens were lovely, my favorite part of the experience had to be the views: you get a bird’s eye look at Paris’s rooftops and iconic Haussmann architecture. It’s gorgeous up there!

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I have to confess: I find New York’s version of the High Line a bit more interesting and dynamic than Paris’s. Still, as far as peaceful urban retreats go, the Promenade Plantée is a winner.

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