jeudi 2 septembre 2010

Promenade Plantée - The Green Corridor

Now the summer has passed it's time to reflect on what we got up to, share experiences and reccomendations. We had quite a few visits from friends and family and I found that they all bring their unique preferences and ideas about what to do. I like this very much as it forces me to see my home city in a different light and explore new territories.

Diane came with the suggestion of exploring the 'Promenade Plantée' so we went to Gare du Lyon station, walked up to Avenue Daumesnil and searched for the secret staircase that would bring us up above the railway arches full of trendy shops. We found the staircase and climbed up to a wonderful green walkway with fantastic views onto the Haussmanian buildings. It felt like a secret garden!

Apparently the walk was the old railway line from Bastille to La Varenne and it's possible to walk all the way to the Bois de Vincennes (although we came off earlier than that).

As well as being thoughtfully planted with various themes - bamboo, lavender etc), it's also a great spot to see the architecture that we wouldn't normally notice from the street. At 76 Avenue Daumesnil there are 12 enormous statues which are copies of a Michelangelo sculpture - the Dying Slave. They are (slightly strangely) placed at the top of a residential building by the architect Manolo Nunez-Yanowsky. It must be very impressive to open your window to these fantastic torsos every day!

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