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A few days ago, I did a photo essay on the High Line in NYC. While beautiful and embraced by locals and tourists alike, the High Line is not an original concept. The first-ever elevated-railway-turned-park was the Promenade Plantée in Paris, also known as Coulée Verte. Paris inaugurated this park in 1993, yet it does not get the fanfare or attention that the High Line has obtained. Which is probably completely fine to the Parisians!
Both provide an excellent escape from the busy city streets below and are full of beautiful trees, plants, flowers, and art exhibits. However, the Promenade Plantée is also a great place to run. The elevated path takes you from the center of Paris, near Opéra Bastille, out of the city through a series of beautifully designed foot bridges, parks, and tunnels. Once the elevated park ends, a large park called Bois de Vincennes is only a few blocks away. This park is full of trees, running paths, ducks, geese, and other birds, a lake, and a series of streams. It can be reached within 20-30 minutes depending on your pace. The park leads you to the 14th century castle Château de Vincennes. Plan ahead and bring money or a ticket for the Metro as the Château de Vincennes stop on the M Line is nearby and will take you back to central Paris.
If you love cheese, Barthélémy simply can't be missed on your next trip to Paris!
I met some Parisians while dining at Verjus and they told me about this cheese shop and raved about their magnificent mozzarella cheese amongst others. I stopped in a few days later and was blown away by the selection and the knowledge of the employees at the shop. Oh, and the mozzarella was the best I've ever had. No trip to Paris is complete without stopping at Barthélémy.
Located a short walk from Musée d'Orsay. Just check the hours of operation before you go as their hours are limited.
In grieving the loss of a beautiful soul, I reflect on 3 wonderful days in Paris last summer where I got to spend a couple of amazing evenings with my dear friend. There is a wonderful cafe in Le Marais neighborhood where we met up time-and-time again called La Perle. To honor my friend's life, this is my tip for today because this spot truly embodies the fun-loving and beautifully eccentric spirit of my friend.
La Perle... let me start by saying that I've never tried their food. Let's be honest, people don't really go there for the food. The draw: the characters that hang out at this cafe and pour out onto the curbside and the atmosphere. A beautiful mix of locals and travelers from around the world. Professions range widely from screenwriters, actors, fashionistas, businessmen and woman, musicians, etc. Straight mingle beautifully with a mix of the LGBT community.
Come here for a drink in the early evening before dinner or after. Don't expect the best service, but expect lots of laughs and a very interesting evening on a lovely corner in Le Marais meeting amazing people from Paris and around the globe!