Paris is acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but it isn’t one of plentiful green space. So you have to take your public parks when you find them – including ten metres up in the air.
The Promenade Plantée is a public garden tucked away on an old viaduct in the Bastille area of Paris. It was opened in 1993 on a disused stretch of track starting just east of Opéra Bastille.
Running for almost five kilometres, or three miles, the garden was part of the regeneration of the area. The railway line had closed in 1969 and the arches beneath it had become derelict too.
Now thousands of people make their way through the garden each year and the arches have become shops selling goods by local artists and craftspeople.
I love it there. Being in an enclosed garden up in the air has a charm all of its own.
It’s on my list of things to do today while I’m here in Paris this weekend. Whether I’ll be able to fit it in remains to be seen.