Promenade Plantée, Viaduc des Arts

Once upon a time an architect named Georges-Eugène Haussmann and the main man of La France (yes I said that in the most pretentious way ever), Napoleon III, decided to make Paris the most beautiful city in Europe. Surprise? A couple centuries later their investment seemed to pay off, since Paris is without a doubt…Well, Paris. Even so, it’s not all about the looks (or what you plan on making look beautiful for that matter).

In the 12th district of this enchanting metropolis you can enjoy some unconventional treasure if you’re the type who enjoys taking long walks, gazing at architecture (and art, but I’ll get to that later), and perhaps learning something new. The place I’m talking about used to be the Vincennes railway. The name? Promenade Plantée (eng. tree-lined walkway). It stretches for about 5 kilometers starting from the Bastille southeast to the Boulevard Périphérique. What I found most mesmerizing about it was the fact that when you’re at this elevated point of town you can enjoy the city and take it all in, but at the same time relax from being a part of all the rush. Kind of like being on a rooftop of NYC. You stare at all the cars and people and feel like you’re staring at hundreds of fish in an aquarium. For that time being, you’re thankful to be in such a more peaceful place.

Now let me not forget to mention that there is another side of this hidden delight of Paris, and it’s actually underneath the walkway- the Viaduc des Arts. Basically it’s the place where you can find all the arts and crafts your brain could ever possibly imagine. From little ateliers to fabric shops and specialized craftsmanship of anything from porcelain to amazingly decorated furniture, you will definitely be in awe, and for a good reason. The uniqueness, as well as the prices of all the fine art you’ll be able to see, are just incredible. (http://www.leviaducdesarts.com/decouvrir)

Wishing you a nice evening :)

-Marija

Jednom davno arhitekt po imenu Georges-Eugene Haussmann i vrh divne nam države Francuske, Napoleon III, su odlučili kompletno obnoviti Pariz i učiniti ga najljepšim gradom u Europi. Surprise? Ne baš. Čini se da se investicija isplatila, jer kao što svi znamo, Pariz je bez sumnje…Pa, Pariz. Ali čak i uz sve to, nije uvijek u izgledu sve (ili barem ono što planiramo učiniti lijepim).

U dvanaestom predijelu (arrondissementu) ove očaravajuće metropole možete uživati u nekonvencionalnom blagu ako ste tip osobe koja voli šetnje, promatranje arhitekture (i umjetnosti, ali o tome ću malo kasnije), a možda i učenje nečeg novog. Mjesto o kojem pričam je nekoć bilo dio željeznice Vincennes, a ime mu je Promenade Plantée. Proteže se nekih 5 kilometara počevši od Bastille, pa jugoistočno skroz do perifernog bulevara (koji prijevod lol, zapravo je to gradska obilaznica). Ono što me stvarno očaralo o ovom mjestu je činjenica što dok si na ovako povišenom možeš stvarno uživati u gradu i osjetiti njegov duh, a istovremeno opustiti se od žurbe i stresa. Kao da si na nekom krovu New York Citya. Gledaš u sve te aute i ljude kako brzo prolaze i osjećaš se kao da buljiš u jedan veliki akvarij pun stotinama ribama. U tom trenu si jednostavno zahvalan što si na mirnijem mjestu od svih njih, svega što čini grad.

Ne smijem zaboraviti spomenuti da postoji još jedna strana ovog skrivenog blaga u Parizu, a zapravo se nalazi direktno ispod šetališta- zove se Viaduc des Arts. Da vam objasnim, to je mjesto gdje možete pronaći svu umjetnost i obrte koje vam glavice mogu zamisliti. Počevši od malih ateljea i dućančića divnih tkanina do specijaliziranih zanatlija koji izrađuju umjetnine od porculana i bogato ukrašenog namještaja, sigurno će vas ostaviti pod dojmom. Jedinstvenost, kao i cijene ovih umjetničkih djela, su jednostavno nevjerojatni. (http://www.leviaducdesarts.com/decouvrir)

uživajte :)

Perceptive. Detailed. Impatient. Curious. Eager. Believer. Leo. marija@lestandart.com

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  • January 3, 2013

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  • February 27, 2013

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