Somewhere behind the hustle and bustle of the city lies Paris's breathtaking green route. The historic green route from Place de la Bastille to the forest and chateaux of Vincennes in the east of Paris carries a rich history all the way back to the 1960s.
Before there was the RER train line A and the opera house at Bastille, there used to be a grand station on the square with stream trains passing over the grand viaduct heading out to the leafy suburbs.
In 1969, the steam engines on avenue Daumesnil’s viaduct whistled their last and the train-line between Bastille and Vincennes closed forever. While the Bastille station was eventually replaced by today’s Opera house, the viaduct was converted into glass-fronted workshops and boutiques for local artisans (the Viaduct des Arts) and the old lines became 'La Coulée Verte' – a 5km long trail (also known as the Promenade Plantée), made up of elevated gardens, the Jardin de Reuilly and tree lined cycling paths thru tunnels and cuttings out to the border of Paris.
Join me for an exploration of this historic route as we cycle with Velib city bikes through the secret green path in the heart of Paris.