The Coulée verte René-Dumont or Promenade plantée (French for tree-lined walkway) or the Coulée verte (French for green course) is a 2.9 mile elevated linear park built on top of obsolete railway infrastructure in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France. It was inaugurated in 1993 (source). You might say it's the Parisian version of NYC's Highline, although since the Highline opened some 16 years later I suppose it would be more accurate to call the Highline NYC's version of the Promenade plantée. Got that?
This looks pretty bleak doesn't it? It get's better, I promise.
While my gardener's heart was tempted, once again, to mourn the fact my visit was in January, not April, there was still plenty of beauty to be found here.
In addition to winter garden interest, it was also quite nice to be up above the traffic, a view that provided glimpses of the street scenes below as well as a different perspective on the buildings surrounding the elevated walkway.
I do love it when a vine becomes more significant than the structure holding it. At least when it's not in my garden.
So many chimney pots!
Did you notice this great fountain (for dogs and water bottles?) in the photo above?
I swear I've seen this gorgeous building in a film or maybe an advertisement.
Every neighborhood should have a bamboo tunnel, right?
Should you feel the urge to stop and work-out mid-walk no worries, get to it! (there was a staircase down from the promenade)
I am drawn to patterns.
So do you think there once was a building next to this one?
There were a few of these spaces off to the side of the main walkway. All featured bright paintings, and all but this one had people sitting on the bench, so I didn't snap photos.
This is the interesting building I shared a photo of yesterday, you definitely get a better view from up high.
Another shot of "Ground Control"...
I wonder if they put water plants in the ponds in springtime?
Something about this set-up kind gave me the shivers.
I just imagine mildew and spiders. I don't know why.
Another view of the interesting planted wall you saw yesterday.
I wonder what's under the frost cloth?
My money is on a nice big Agave.
No, I didn't climb up there and peek.
Feel like a came of checkers or chess?
Our walk — and thus my posts on Paris— is about to come to an end.
I do hope to make it back someday, in more favorable garden weather.
Then again this is a big world and there are so many places to see!
Weather Diary, April 26: Hi tbd, Low tbd/ Precip tbd
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