Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Strolling along the Coulée verte René-Dumont

The Coulée verte René-Dumont is an elevated walkway built in 1988 on a former railway line through Paris (similar to the High Line in New York).  The path begins behind the Bastille Opera House and stretches 4.5 km (2.8 miles) to the Bois de Vincennes.  We walk down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, through the Tuileries and the courtyard of the Louvre and, then, along the Seine for a while, cutting over to Place de la Bastille after we pass Ile Saint-Louis.

 Gardens along the Champs-Élysées

 Jardin des Tuileries

 Along the Seine

Near the beginning of the Coulée verte, at the Gare de Lyon train station, there is an outdoor exhibition of photographs by Luigi Ghirri sponsored by the SNCF (French railway) and the Jeau de Paume museum.

 Coulée verte René-Dumont

 Luigi Gherri exhibition

We walk along the elevated walkway, an urban oasis above the streets, surrounded by the buildings of Paris, and enjoy the quiet and beauty of our stroll

 Along the Coulée verte René-Dumont

 At the end of the path, we descend to street and reenter city life.

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