Paris is such a walkable city, especially on a mild sunny autumn day. The metro is certainly the fastest way between any two points, the buses are good, but usually involve too many changes, you can do it by bike or even rollerblade – but walking seems best – the right pace, the ease of stopping and admiring the view or pausing for a coffee or window shopping.
Of all the many and varied guide books to Paris, a new concept seems to just fit with the practicalities of strolling – a series of 50 short walks each on a separate card with map and commentary. So just decide which area(s) you want, choose your cards (from a set of 50) and carry them in your pocket – no bulky books, or flimsy maps to unfold – perfect!
City Walks: Paris: 50 Adventures on Foot
One of the walks in the pack is a new “Promenade Plantée” in the 12th Arondissement (see map) which starts atop an old railway viaduct near the new Opera Bastille. Underneath in the arches are numerous classy emporiums selling very esoteric items such as intricate flower displays, antique and designer furniture, fashions etc, whilst above the old railway line has been planted with trees and shrubs and affords a high level view of the surrounding streets and even into the first and second floors of the adjoining houses and apartments. The route continues following the old railway line sometimes at street level, sometimes in cuttings or over and under bridges right out to the Boulevard Periperique – providing a green, traffic free route (and cycle lane) across the city.