A Walk in a Paris Park


Part 1 of 3: Description and location of the park, the Promenade Plantee


A colleague, at lunch, said she and her husband had discovered a very nice but different, narrow, elevated park. She said it looked like it had been built on an old elevated railway track and had many flowers. So, that evening, off I went.


Got off the Metro at Daumesnil, and walked up to and then along the main part of this longer park, called the Promenade Plantee. I walked until it ended near the Bastille Metro stop.  This is the entrance sign at that end of the park, called the "promenade Plantee" as you can see.  The sign says the park goes all the way to the Bois de Vincennes (but I didn't go that far):



Along the way I was hailed by a helpful Moroccan gardener with relatives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  His relatives own a beauty shop there. After explaining to me that he loved America and Americans, but he did not like the government right now, he advised me to come back at 5 the next morning. The park is locked then, he said, but all you have to do is jump the fence.


At 5 AM the flowers begin to open up wide seeking the first rays of the sun, and they are at their very best for photography. He said he would be here and show me where the best ones were. Was he the gardener? No, he lives in the park, temporarily.


He suggested that for my next trip I should visit Morocco. Very nice and friendly people like him there, he said the Moroccans like Americans, Spaniards, Swiss, Russians, even Israelis. They get along with everyone. Tourism is big and the people depend on it for their living. I promised I would put it on my list. And I do really want to go there.


So, back to the park: what was there to see? A park that sits two to three stories up on some of the buildings it crosses through the middle of via bridges:




The walkway was about two and a half, maybe three stories up, judging by this view:



The tower in the photo below, in the distance, is the Tour Montparnasse:



Here is the view in the opposite direction of the one above:



OK, that's enough of the novelty of the park.  Let's get into the park itself.  The main walkway is like this:



And like this:



And in some places there were trellises and other structures:



Toward the Daumesnil Metro end of my walk, the park broadened into a circle, with the walkway suspended above it:



The walkway moves through a level place when it transitions from the circular to the long linear park.  There was a very nicely decorated entrance to the park there, in fact:



Not far from this spot one can look out on the sidewalks below:



But we are here to see flowers, and so far I have only described the park, not its flowers.  Flowers is what I will show on the next two pages:



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