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Postcards from the Promenade Plantée.


Here goes another round of things in Paris that exist that I've never heard of, even after three years of living here! I love this game. No, not really, it makes me wonder what the hell I have been doing here these past few years. To backtrack a bit, my gym membership recently expired (Antoine!) and if I'm going to continue with my strict diet of triple cream cheeses, saucisson and copious amounts of wine that I have grown accustomed to, I'm going to have to move my bottom. My body was just not built to stuff my face, sit around and hope that lower body doesn't realize the thousands of calories that have been consumed. So unfair.

Since I have to wait until the fall to renew my gym membership, my only option is to go running; my least favorite form of exercise in Paris. On top of being an ugly runner who huffs, buffs and waddles down the "rue", I also don't have cute and fit official workout gear. I wear old Bat Mitzfah party favor t-shirts from the 90s and too-tight yoga pants that I need to pull up every few minutes as my ass pours out of them. Not a pretty sight. How is a girl to stay fit and fab in a country that celebrates food?

Low and behold a solution presented itself, or rather Séb produced one as I was complaining that my "fat shorts" from last summer are still too tight. The Promenade Plantée! What is this place?! You must be chuckling because apparently this is where everyone in Paris secretly goes running, and that this is hardly a new discovery, but to me, it is. I can be an oblivious faux-risienne sometimes.

Similar to the Highline in Manhattan, Paris offers their version of an abandoned elevated viaduct that runs along Avenue Daumesnil in the 12th. Filled with flowers, greenery, light vandalism (hey, it's Paris!), a well paved road, other joggers who are working on their own fitness and are hardly concerned about my tacky attire, and a notable homeless man stalking a group of Asian girls calling them Tokyo, who then in perfect French responded that they were in fact not from Japan. The Promenade Plantée is the perfect solution for staying trim this summer, above and off the streets. 

Here are some things that caught my eye on my jog turned power waddle...

Don't mind if I do...

 Baise la Police. 
Just precious.
 
Warm heart, cold lyric...
Dramz. 

...and clearly the reason I was beckoned to this place.
What I would give to live in this building. 
Just to see my mother's face as we approached my new apartment located between the loin and butt cheek of an Adonis.
A girl can dream, right?

Bon week-end à tous!

What was going on a year ago today? This!

13 comments:

  1. "A notable homeless man (...) calling them Tokyo,"
    LOL!

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    1. It was funny. They were like, "what are you talking about?" in perfect French. LOL!

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  2. So I'd read about this place before but it was one of those things I read and then forgot about... not sure why because it look awesome!! That apartment building is crazy! And congrats on the running!

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    1. You would like it! It's a great, quiet place to jog, and there are other runners which I find comforting. Definitely something to check out!

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  3. AnonymousMay 27, 2012

    Before Sunset was filmed there. The Promenade Plantée was #1 on my must-see list when I went to Paris last summer. Lovely place!

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    1. Yes! I love that movie!!! I was going to add this in my Before Sunset tour with my friend last month but he wasn't interested (as he only had one day in Paris) and it would've been a major detour since he wanted to go to the Eiffel Tower, so we had to skip it.

      It was nice to discover it on my own. That's the beauty of Paris, there's always something new to see!

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  4. I love La promenade plantée!:) What's great about it (other than the greenery) is that it's exactly 1km long. Perfect for keeping track of how much you've run!

    Oh, and I hope you never get to live in that super art déco building with the busts, as it is... a police station!:)

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    1. Oh geez...a police station!!?!? I just showed the photo to my friend's husband who is a NYC cop based in Queens, and asked if how he'd feel if his precinct looked like this. He still doesn't believe me that it's a police station, he thinks I'm pulling his leg. Thanks for the info!

      I still want to live there...

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  5. AnonymousMay 29, 2012

    Great discovery! I would def like to visit. Oh, I have seen French ppl say weird sh*t to Asian tourists here as well. Glad they answered back!

    Go gym-clothes shopping. It'll make you get out more. I don't have a gym here so I bike a lot (a lot nicer that running!). My bf is off to go climb the mountain now -- I'm not there yet..

    Nice pics once again! Is the promenade plantée long? Is it as pretty as the high line?

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    1. That was the funny thing, the Asian girls weren't tourists, they were French and the homeless man kept shouting Tokyo to them in a drunken slur!

      Maybe I'll head to Old Navy and get some leggings, clothes to run in is low on the priority list as I just paid my American taxes, as well as other bills leaving me broke!!

      Per the comment Duchess left, the promenade is a mile long. It's not as fancy shmancy with cafes and such as the highline but it's still something to see when in Paris! : )

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  6. AnonymousMay 29, 2012

    Oh, I just read Duchesse's comment: 1 km long. That's practical to know. :)

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  7. I've never been here before, there are so many hidden gems in Paris! Will definitely add this to my list of places to check out.

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    1. So many little gems! Paris is just bursting with surprises! : )

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