Postcard from the Promenade Plantée

Postcard from the Promenade Plantée

The first color that comes to mind when I think of Paris: neutral. Is that even a color? I think of gray skies, beige buildings, cream shutters, brown cobblestones. The nuances of gray skies in Paris can be astounding, from dark and foreboding to pale and misty.

Stretch of green trees and bushes along the Promenade Plantée in Paris, France

And then I wandered up on abandoned Vincennes railway line, and was immediately overwhelmed by fresh, vivid green. The pathway was lined with trees, blooming rose bushes, purple flowers and vines twisting up terraces. Joggers, dog walkers, au pairs with strollers: it was a decidedly local crowd, a far cry from the English-speaking echoes along the Seine or crowded into Marais.

The Promenade Plantée was the first green space constructed on an elevated viaduct, inaugurated in 1993–years before Manhattan’s High Line stole the idea. Running through the Bastille neighborhood out to the boulevard Périphérique beltway, the pathway winds through classic and beautiful residential neighborhoods, above artisan workshops, alongside parks and squat apartment blocks. Even under the trademark gray skies of Paris, it’s a delightful burst of greenery.

Women sitting on a bench in a garden on the Promenade Plantée in Paris, France

Family on a picnic in a park on the Promenade Plantée in Paris, France

Wall garden and streets along the Promenade Plantée in Paris, France

White rose and white building along the Promenade Plantée in Paris, France

View of Parisian streets from the Promenade Plantée in Paris, France

Pink rose and stream along the Promenade Plantée in Paris, France

What’s your favorite photo of the Promenade Plantée?

  • I would say that neutral is a family of colors, that, for better or for worse, comprise my wardrobe… 

    I’m glad you were able to find a place that has more exciting colors than the inside of my closet 😉
    But for real. I know how you feel. Tokyo is best described as gray and glass. 

  • Wow I can honestly say I’ve never heard about this and totally missed it while I was in Paris. I thought New York’s was so original. Either way, they both look pretty awesome. 

  • jenny_atasteoftravel

    I’m just back from New York and was impressed with the High Line so it’s fascinating to know it wasn’t the first elevated walk. I can’t wait to get back to Paris and do this walk!

  • Maybe it’s because I live in the desert, but that lush green park just looks too pretty to me right now!

  • LostInCheeseland

    Love that lost shot! The High Line was inspired by the Promenade Plantée, that’s for sure. I was surprised to learn it’s only been a few years since it was built! 

  • Love that last shot, so pretty!

  • D

    Looks gorgeous! Going to Paris next month, may have to check this out 🙂

  • The third from the bottom and the last one are both gorgeous–I love the perspective with the flowers!

  • The last one is pretty amazing! 🙂

  • Lovely shots! It’s nice seeing Paris all lush and green in the summertime. I like the rose with the blurred building in the background. 🙂

  • camorose

    Gray and glass–how interesting! I’ve never heard of that.

  • camorose

    It’s pretty well hidden! Such a nice gem 🙂

  • camorose

    It’s such a lovely spot in Paris–seems like you’re so far away from the city!

  • camorose

    It was such a great break from the concrete and gray of Paris–great little bit of nature 🙂

  • camorose

    I can’t wait to check out the High Line in NYC–think I’ll love it!

  • camorose

    Thanks! Such a lovely spot!

  • camorose

    Totally worth it, especially if it’s a nice day!

  • camorose

    Glad you liked them 🙂

  • camorose

    Merci! Can’t beat Paris in the springtime 🙂

  • camorose

    I adore Paris in the springtime when all of the roses are blooming–so beautiful!

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