Seems like it’s been a while since our last “Paris Walks”… Today we went on walk #32 which was along the Viaduc des Arts, a former railway viaduct that was converted into an overhead walkway with shops in the arcades. We started the walk from the “newly renovated” Bastille metro stop. It’s in quotations because although they closed the station for 3 months to renovate it, it looks to be in the worst shape of any station we’ve been too, would hate to have seen it before they “spruced” it up! Coming out of the metro you’re immediately faced with the very modern looking Opera Bastille.
As you walk down Avenue Daumesnil, you see the beginnings of the viaduc. It is one of the few brick structures that you see in Paris. It has all been very nicely renovated with all sorts of great galleries and studios.
Each arcade has a new and interesting shops, with ones dedicated to leatherwork, needlecraft, photography, sculpture and many others. The variety is amazing, and keeps you guessing what is coming up next.
Upon reaching the end of the arts section (the actual viaduct continues all the way out to the Bois de Vincennes), we headed up one of the many staircases and returned along the overhead promenade which is planted with many different plants including roses and bamboo.
AK got bored with the stroller at this point and insisted on walking a good portion of the way home…