Friday, September 27, 2013

A Long Walk on the Promenade Plantée

Today we walked to Place de la Bastille to have lunch at Leon's of Bruxelle, a Belgian chain specializing in mussels and french fries.  It was a very pleasant lunch.  The photo of my mussels may appear blurred because they were steaming when I took the picture.

We took the Métro to the southeast edge of the city to buy kouglof, which is available at this particular bakery only on the week-ends.  I've been wanting to try it ever since I read about it here.  It's a bread-like yeast cake with raisins.

The weather was perfect, and I noticed we were not far from Promenade Plantée, so I suggested a walk.  Promenade Plantée is a linear park built on an abandoned elevated railway, a forerunner of the High Line in New York City.  It begins near Place de la Bastille and goes all the way out to Bois de Vincennes in the southeast corner of the city.  According to Wikipedia it's 2.9 miles long.  We were near the Bois de Vincennes when we started our walk, so we walked toward Place de la Bastille.  The park has a few short stretches where it appears you're out in a wilderness area.  It also has lots of manicured garden areas.  There's a bike path that runs parallel to the walking path, and lots of variety in the terrain.   There are tunnels, tables where you can play chess,  and even several small waterfalls.  I apologize for the placement of the photos.  I haven't quite figured out how to do the formatting in Blogger.

After we'd had enough walking we left the park to buy our baguette of the day, winner of 3rd place in the 2012 contest.  Then it was back to the Métro and home.

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