Le Viaduc des Arts
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In 1859, a railroad track for freight trains was constructed, some of it via a viaduct, connecting the station at Place de la Bastille to the station in Saint-Maur, 14 km southeast of Paris. In 1969 the rail line was discontinued. It was abandoned for years and became an eyesore.

 
 
 
 
Le viaduc des arts  +
 

In 1998 Paris turned the abandoned railway viaduct into an elevated park, called La Promenade Plantée (aka La Coulée Verte), and the space underneath was turned into a series of art galleries, workshops, and studios, called Le Viaduc des Arts. The project has since inspired other cities to repurpose their abandoned tracks.

 
 
 
 
Le viaduc des arts  +
 

In 1998 Paris turned the abandoned railway viaduct into an elevated park, called La Promenade Plantée (aka La Coulée Verte), and the space underneath was turned into a series of art galleries, workshops, and studios, called Le Viaduc des Arts. The project has since inspired other cities to repurpose their abandoned tracks.

 
 
 
 
Le viaduc des arts  +
 

In 1998 Paris turned the abandoned railway viaduct into an elevated park, called La Promenade Plantée (aka La Coulée Verte), and the space underneath was turned into a series of art galleries, workshops, and studios, called Le Viaduc des Arts. The project has since inspired other cities to repurpose their abandoned tracks.

 
 
 
The Parisian High Line
 
Along the top of the old railway viaduct there is now a park, called the Promenade Plantee. The Promenade, enclosed by plants with the occasional water feature, is popular with walkers and joggers.
 
 
 
 
The Parisian High Line
 
Along the top of the old railway viaduct there is now a park, called the Promenade Plantee. The Promenade, enclosed by plants with the occasional water feature, is popular with walkers and joggers.
 
 
 
 
The Parisian High Line
 
Along the top of the old railway viaduct there is now a park, called the Promenade Plantee. The Promenade, enclosed by plants with the occasional water feature, is popular with walkers and joggers.
 
 
 
Jogging
 
Jogging is tolerated as long as it does not interfere with walkers.
 
 
 
 
Jogging
 
Jogging is tolerated as long as it does not interfere with walkers.
 
 
 
 
Jogging
 
Jogging is tolerated as long as it does not interfere with walkers.
 
 
 
Yours truly and water feature  +
 
 
 
 
Yours truly and water feature  +
 
 
 
 
Yours truly and water feature  +
 
 
 
View from Promenade
 
 
 
 
View from Promenade
 
 
 
 
View from Promenade
 
 
 
Every square cm counts, even pointy ones
 
 
 
 
Every square cm counts, even pointy ones
 
 
 
 
Every square cm counts, even pointy ones
 
 
 
The path slices buildings
 
 
 
 
The path slices buildings
 
 
 
 
The path slices buildings
 
 
 
Aqueduct
 

And as you walk along the viaduct at street level, you can see into the artists studios as they work metal and glass and do other artistic things. It being a sunny day, the glass reflections didn't afford any satisfying photos.

After the Aqueduct we went in search of lunch.

 
 
 
 
Aqueduct
 

And as you walk along the viaduct at street level, you can see into the artists studios as they work metal and glass and do other artistic things. It being a sunny day, the glass reflections didn't afford any satisfying photos.

After the Aqueduct we went in search of lunch.

 
 
 
 
Aqueduct
 

And as you walk along the viaduct at street level, you can see into the artists studios as they work metal and glass and do other artistic things. It being a sunny day, the glass reflections didn't afford any satisfying photos.

After the Aqueduct we went in search of lunch.

 
 
 
Crêpes pour le déjeuner sur l'île St Louis  +
 
 
 
 
Crêpes pour le déjeuner sur l'île St Louis  +
 
 
 
 
Crêpes pour le déjeuner sur l'île St Louis  +
 
 
 
Their buckwheat crepes sont délicieux  +
 
 
 
 
Their buckwheat crepes sont délicieux  +
 
 
 
 
Their buckwheat crepes sont délicieux  +
 
 
 
Notre Dame undergoing repair
 
Notre Dame still draws the crowds, though it is blocked off by walls that tell the story of the fire and the reconstruction that is now taking place. I'm glad I visited it years ago, before the fire.
 
 
 
 
Notre Dame undergoing repair
 
Notre Dame still draws the crowds, though it is blocked off by walls that tell the story of the fire and the reconstruction that is now taking place. I'm glad I visited it years ago, before the fire.
 
 
 
 
Notre Dame undergoing repair
 
Notre Dame still draws the crowds, though it is blocked off by walls that tell the story of the fire and the reconstruction that is now taking place. I'm glad I visited it years ago, before the fire.
 
 
 
Book and print sellers on the Seine
 
 
 
 
Book and print sellers on the Seine
 
 
 
 
Book and print sellers on the Seine