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Voulez-vous Promenader sur La Promenade Plantée (the French “HighLine!” ) ou Musée Rodin, peut-être!?

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France was first, before Chelsea, NY, at transforming an abandoned railway line (in the 12e Arrondissement)—the old Vincennes Railway, running 2.9 miles east of the Opera Bastille to Bois Vincennes—into a “green belt” of a continuous pathway park promenade called Promenade Plantée where it descends below street level with tunnels eastward from Parc Reuilly (midway) and called Viaduc des Arts where the railway was elevated on an archway trestle viaduct running parallel to Rue Daumesnil near the Opera Bastille. How clever of the French to create a series of artisan specialty shops—the Viaduc of the Arts—into the transformed archways below the Garden Promenade walkway above! How clever to be first (Sorry, Chelsea)!

 

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or Perfect for a run! The day I visited was a work stoppage, a “greve” by the SNCF French Railroad and the Traffic below was “New York” horrendous, police everywhere redirecting furious drivers… So glad to be on the Promenade above it all!

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Much nicer to look at a Park than a Railroad ! as the Real Estate around Promenade Plantée discovered….

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Every Parisian Park has enlightening signage…..

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See the Roses!

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Smell the Roses!

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Paint the Roses!

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or draw watercolor crayon-style…giving a dry brush feeling of the accentuated tooth of the paper!

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A surprise awaits as the railway “path” opens up to a park with a skyway walkway “Bridge”above Parc Reuilly connecting the Viacduc section to the next section below ground level coming ahead….

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with gardens around the circumference where I am walking…

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a watercolor combining different views…. but look outward towards the street and another garden appears…

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The “Vertical Gardens” on the walls and buildings in Paris….so in vogue today— behind which is the traffic from the “greve”—strike!

Bastille and SNCF railroad workers striking

BTW, this is what was causing the straffic several weeks ago, French SNCF workers striking in a “mani”….manifestation…. and this strike was repeated in the last 2 weeks with slow-downs of rail service throughout France. French workers are not afraid to strike…. but where else but at the Bastille. …..But back to the gardens….

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i love the angular wall of green textures….. before I arrive at the tunnels of the next section…

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It is groomed as a sunlit “wild” forest with canopied layerings of leaves….a “tunneled walkway”and…

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the effect of a wild forest…unlandscaped… is so real and welcoming in the middle of the Paris cityscape.

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The ivy cover and cools of the various greens are so inviting. An “overlook” stairway is for “just viewing” the leaves!

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The shade is luxurious…..

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and then it opens up to a final section of a more landscaped garden…There’s more…., but…. just for something completely different to end this blogpost, how about the Musée Rodin ?

Musée Rodin

“The Thinker” is thinking about it, but I think we should…..

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It’s so formal, manicured, peaceful and calm as a complement to Rodin’s vision of the human form.

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It would be impossible to sit and paint onsite peaceably with so many people trying to take photos with him. Painting him later, I rearranged the roses to frame him better, choosing a profile view which “reads” better….

Jardin du Musée Rodin

 The dome of the Invalides peeks out behind “The Thinker.” At least he will always smell the roses. Voulez-vous promenader dans beaucoup des jardins parisiens.……  Mais, oui, d’accord! …..He doesn’t have to think about it!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Kathy Kennedy says:

    Lois, I love your interpretations! Especially the thinker with the roses, and the bridge – so beautiful! Looking forward to interpreting the beauty of Bridge Gardens with you in July! All the best, Kathy

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