Travelling by train meant we were able to stop over in Paris for about 5 hours, between the train from London and the train to Milan. As it was good weather, we made our way to Gare de Lyon (as our daytime train was leaving from there, we used the Artesia line) and had a little wonder around those parts, which we never had visited before.
We had a lovely lunch and then by pure chance we stumbled across the Promenade Plantée, a beautiful use of a disused elevated rail line turned into a park. It was a relevation to us as I personally knew of a project similar to this only in New York, The High Line park. But then again an elevated disused rail line does lend itself perfectly to a park: a promenade in the sky 🙂 and indeed what a promenade it was! Wish we did something similar in Manchester, there’s a short section of disused rail line from Victoria Station that goes off into the Irk Valley that would be perfect for a similar project, anyhow I digress.
We spent a lovely 5 hours eating, drinking and walking while taking in the seriously cycle chic atmosphere (aided by great infrastructure for a chaotic city as Paris is! Manchester please learn!).