JUL 10,2019 - JUL 10,2019 (1 DAYS)
Paris - Promenade Plantee, Château de Vincennes:
Start: Place de la Bastille. End: Metro station (Line 1, the RED one) of Porte de Vincennes . Weather: Only bright days. Distance: 6-7 km.
Our Hotel: B&B Hotel in Porte de Choissy - Fantastic and reasonably priced. Very close to the Chinese Quarter (the picture below is of the commercial centre of the Chinese quarter):
Our Itinerary: From Place de la Bastille -
turn left (SOUTH) toward Rue de Lyon, 90 m. Turn right toward Rue de Lyon, 110 m. Turn right onto Rue de Lyon, 300 m. Turn left to stay on Rue de Lyon. On the fork - we take the left one. The Promenade Plantee is on your left - Coulée Verte René-Dumont. Highly recommended for an hour or three for visitors to Paris, and easily accessible by bus, metro and tram T3 (at the eastern end).
The Promenade plantée is an extensive green belt that follows the old Vincennes railway line. Beginning just east of the Opéra Bastille with the elevated Viaduc des Arts, it follows a 4.7 km (2.9 mi) path eastward that ends at a spiral staircase leading to the boulevard Périphérique beltway. The Coulée verte René-Dumont or Promenade plantée (tree-lined walkway) or the Coulée verte (green course) is a 4.7 km (2.9 mi) elevated linear park built on top of obsolete railway infrastructure in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. It was inaugurated in 1993. At its west end near the Bastille, the parkway rises 10 m above the surrounding area and forms the Viaduc des Arts, over a line of shops featuring high quality and expensive arts and crafts. The shops are located in the arches of the former elevated railway viaduct, with the parkway being supported atop the viaduct. It is mostly wheelchair accessible. You can enter at Bel-Air Metro station (line 6) and walk westward towards the Bastille.
The 1st portion of the parkway runs parallel to the avenue Daumesnil and extends for 1.6 km from west to east:
The western part running high on a disused railway line is popular with runners and walkers, and those who want to just relax among the beautifully cared-for trees and flowers:
Do this course for 1-2 hours absolutely for the serenity of the course and the beauty of roses:
Along the way there are benches to rest if you want. We found VERY few tourists. Most of the walkers are locals hiking. Go without haste. Take your time and enjoy the silent, blooming vegetation around. An oasis ! The walk is along quiet paths (cycle and jogging) under foot tunnels (some with rocky water features - see below) and across parks. We saw some lovely roses in July and interesting murals on some houses. Very quiet even though you are in the city:
After, approx. walking 1.5 km from west to est - you'll see, on your RIGHT, the entrance to jardin de Reuilly. A bit further, an impressive wooden bridge.
The Reuilly garden became the garden of Reuilly - Paul-Pernin. It is a green space of the 12th arrondissement , whose design is the work of designers Pierre Colboc ,the architect and Thierry Louf, the landscaper. The connection happens, approximately, in the middle of the promenade, between the overhead section above the Arts viaduct to the west and the trench section to the east. The Reuilly garden is located at the intersection of Avenue Daumesnil and Rue de Charenton , just in front of the town hall of the 12th arrondissement of Paris , at the end of rue Montgallet . Avenue Daumesnil borders it to the south and rue de Charenton to the southwest. To the west and north, the garden is bordered by Jacques-Hillairet street , on the east by Albinoni street . The garden officially addresses 15 Albinoni Street. We enjoyed the arched metal bridge at le jardin de Reuilly and then the way the walk cuts through the 2 blocks of flats. The water feature is peaceful.
After that the walk goes on through tunnels and bits of natural greenery:
Directions indicate that the Promenade Plantee runs to the Bois de Vincennes. NO. It terminates by an abandoned rail line or, temporarily, construction works. No worry. Follow stairs down to a side street that leads to Port Doree metro and the Bois. All in around 5 km are maintained. Additional walk to/through the Bois adds another 4km and you can enter the Line 1 metro at Vincennes. The Chateau Vincennes is located at the end of the Metro line. The chateau (see below) is well worth a visit with the chapel outshining Sainte Chapelle. Anoter option: when you face the blocking construction works, go down, with the stairs, to Rue de Montempoivre. You are in Porte de Montempoivre. You should walk, now, 900 m. (approx. 15 minutes) NORTHWARD, to the Metro station (Line 1, the RED one) of Porte de Vincennes. Head west on Rue du Sahel toward Boulevards des Maréchaux/Boulevard Soult. Turn NORTHWARD onto Boulevards des Maréchaux/Boulevard Soult, 700 m. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Cours de Vincennes, 170 m. Turn left and right. The Metro station of Porte de Vincennes is on the right. It is 3 stops ride to Château de Vincennes. The entrance is only a hundred metres from the station exit. Château de Vincennes served as a fort. It has the largest fortified tower still preserved in France. The whole site was beautifully restored. The visit in Vincennes Castle is recommended. The view from the terrace is magical and the chapel is beautiful - DO NOT miss it. The Architecture Is beautiful, the history is rich and there are so many ways to walk around the castle. The Chateau was the residence of Charles V (The Great) in the 14th century. Whether the keep, the chapel or other buildings, everything is well preserved and restorations are underway to continue the preservation of this famous Parisian heritage. The entrance is free for visitors under 25 years. The adult ticket is 9 euros. The tour can be guided, but there are plenty of explanatory panels everywhere.
The Keep (the Dungeon):
Sainte-Chapelle de Vincennes - Gothic chapel within the fortifications of the Château de Vincennes:
Our next destination is the Parc Floral de Paris. You leave the Château de Vincennes and head to the east. Turn right toward Cours des Maréchaux,
390 m. Turn left toward Route de l'Artillerie, 55 m. Turn right onto Route de l'Artillerie, 150 m. Turn left onto Route de la Pyramide to enter the Parc Floral de Paris. Far from the hassle and bustle of Paris - this park is very pretty, well maintained and with different themed spaces. Very rich varieties of floral species. Many birds. Free-moving peacocks. A special room of butterflies, a miniature golf, with miniatures representative of the Parisian tourist monuments. The multitude of colorful flowers and types of trees, shady paths, the arboretum, the butterflies' reserve, the garden of "medicinal" plants - are all very beautiful. Entrance: 2.50 euros. WE DID NOT find a TOILET in the park ! We liked very much the special concert/performance for local children: