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Paris Has Green Eyes
Paris has eyes greener than the absinthe green of sweetened dreams, deeper than the Guimard green of Metro scenes and clearer than the jealous green of a tourist’s envy. Paris’s eyes are the green breathing in the trees and living in the leaves, letting her see her history.
The Promenade plantée (sometimes confused with the Coulée verte, to the south of Paris) is a 4.7k (2.9 miles) green walkway stretching between the Opéra Bastille and the Paris beltway north of Porte Dorée. Much of it is elevated and built on abandoned train tracks.
The most difficult part of the walk? Finding the beginning! I seriously spent 45 minutes looking for the entrance, so I decided to make up my own maps detailing the Bastille entrance.
The Bastille entrance is located near a public parking garage at 34 Rue de Lyon, 75012. The other end is located where the boulevard Carnot meets the avenue Emile Laurent at the boulevard Périphérique.