Lac Daumesnil (Bois de Vincennes)

Lac Daumesnil is an artifical lake located in Bois the Vincennes, in east Paris.

Below, the lake in spring.

Above, coot.

Above, Temple of Love.

Above, grotto below the Temple of Love.

Above, swans.

Below, the park in late fall.

Above, feeding the birds.

Above, group of geese.

Above, pavilion of Cameroon built for the Paris Colonial Exhibition in 1931. Nowadays, it is a Buddhist temple (Pagode du Bois de Vincennes).

Above, Temple of Love on Island of Reuilly.

Above, duck.

Below, the lake in late summer. The path was infested with runners so I didn’t stay long that time.

Coulée Verte René Dumont (Promenade Plantée)

The Coulée Verte René Dumont (formerly known as Promenade Plantée) is a 4.7 km elevated linear park built on top of a former railway in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. It links Bois de Vincennes with Bastille.

The start of the Coulée Verte is near the Périphérique. However, I started from Square Charles Péguy: I wanted to check out the community garden built near the Petite Ceinture railway, which can only be accessed from the Square. I then walked all the way to Bastille.

Above, entrance of Square Charles Péguy on rue Rottembourg.

Above, towards the community garden next to the Petite Ceinture.

Above, end of the path.

Above, train tracks of the Petite Ceinture.

Above, leaves turning yellow.

Above, back at Square Charles Péguy.

Above, on the Coulée Verte.

Above, bridge in the Jardin de Reuilly – Paul Pernin.

Above, sunbathing.

Above, sundial.

Above, rue Montgallet.

Above, avenue Daumesnil.

Above, at the end of the path near Bastille.

Above, on rue de Lyon near Opéra Bastille.

Above, column at Place de la Bastille. It is currently undergoing maintenance to prepare for the opening of the underground crypt to the public.

Parc de Sceaux

The Parc de Sceaux is a large park located south of Paris. It used to belong to Jean-Baptiste Colbert, who served as Minister of Finances of France under King Louis XIV. The park has a castle (Château de Sceaux), built in the 19th century, and an expansive garden designed by André Le Nôtre.

Above, Grand Canal.

Above, castle.

Above, main entrance.

Above, Pavillon de l’Aurore.

Above, Cascades. Unfortunately, the fountains were not working while I visited: They start only at 11am, which I didn’t know….

Above, Octogone.

Above, runners along the Grand Canal.

Petite Ceinture de Paris

The Petite Ceinture (“little belt”) was a railway in Paris that connected the city’s main train stations, forming a loop around Paris. It opened in 1854 and passenger service ended in 1934. Parts of the railway were still in use for freight service until the 2000’s but it has stayed mostly closed to the public until recently, when parks that follow the tracks have opened in the 16th, 15th and 13th arrondissement of Paris. There are also community gardens in the 18th and 12th arrondissement and more sections are set for development in the coming years.

Petite Ceinture in the 16th arrondissement

The 1.2km path starts near Jardin du Ranelagh.

Petite Ceinture in the 15th arrondissement

The 1.3km path goes from rue Olivier de Serre, near Parc Georges Brassens, to Balard, near Parc André Citroën.

Above, the other side of the tunnel seen from Parc Georges Brassens. That section is not open to the public yet.

Above, the park is popular with runners.

Petite Ceinture in the 13th arrondissement

This section of the Petite Ceinture has only been open since the beginning of 2016 and is the shortest of the three. It starts near Parc Montsouris, in the éco-quartier of Rungis.

Above, modern architecture near the park.