In March of 2014 The Guardian published article Top 10 free things to do in Paris, which included Stroll through the Jardin du Luxembourg, check out the Love Wall, explore the Père Lachaise cemetery and seven more. Among them was also walk La Promenade Plantée.
After doing some more research I realized that this very special park appeared in Before Sunset as well. Just after Jesse and Celine finished drinking their coffee Celine suggested that they should take a walk through the park: “Let’s just go to this garden path. It’s really nice.”
They walked and talked, sat on one of many benches, laughed, talked and walked and talked …
La Promenade Plantée also known as Coulée verte René-Dumont (coulee verte in French means the green course) is an elevated linear park built on top of obsolete railway infrastructure near Place Bastille and Gare de Lyon in Paris.
La Promenade Plantée is built on the former tracks of the Vincennes railway line, which ceased its operation in 1969. In the early 80s the area around Place Bastille was renovated and the Bastille train station was demolished to make way for the Opéra Bastille.
The first part of the walkway around Bastille is elevated on the Viaduc des Arts. It rises 10 meters above the surrounding area with neat shops under the arches. It then crosses the Jardin de Reuilly and finally goes down to ground level.
A 4.7 km long trail was created in 1988 by Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely and was inaugurated in 1993. It was the first of its kind in the world and was one of the inspirations for the High Line park in New York City.
You can also read about the Shakespeare and Company bookstore from Before Sunset that we found in Paris.