Coulée verte René-Dumont or Promenade Plantée:
1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris; https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71237/Coulee-verte-Rene-Dumont-ex-Promenade-Plantee
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Our concierge recommended Coulée verte René-Dumont to us when he realized that we had already crossed off a lot of the tourist attractions on our list. Well, to be clear, he couldn’t remember the name, Coulée verte René-Dumont, so he told us to go to Avenue Daumesnil. The concierge said that there was an old railway that is aboveground and not in operation, but has turned into a long footpath with a garden, with shops and restaurants on the bottom (Avenue Daumesnil).
After eating one of the best truffle pastas we’ve ever had for lunch (read about it here), we used Google maps to find our way to Coulée verte René-Dumont. We started from the beginning, behind the Bastille opera house, walked up the stairs to find exactly what the concierge said we would find—an elevated footpath with nice landscaping and vegetation in the midst of the city. We were there on a Tuesday afternoon and found that there were some locals eating lunch and hanging around, as well as jogging and taking walks. Along with flowers, plants, and trees, the footpath was punctuated with art on some of the walls behind benches.
The Coulée verte René-Dumont is 4.5 km and runs all the way to Jardin de Reuilly. When you get to Jardin de Reuilly, you cannot go farther and must either go down the stairs or walk across the bridge of the garden. As we were planning on heading to the Cimeterie du Pere-Lachaise, we walked across the bridge and trekked 3 km to the cemetery.
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