walking the Paris High Line on Easter Sunday

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Place de la Bastille metro stop. I wonder why those two cops are hiding their faces.

We’re currently enjoying perfect weather over this long 3-day weekend (tomorrow, Easter Monday, is a statutory holiday.) So I met my Swedish friend in front of the opera house at Place de la Bastille and off we headed to the Coulée Verte. Inaugurated in 1993, it’s a 4.7 kilometer (nearly 3 mile) elevated linear park built on top of an obsolete railway in Paris’s 12th arrondissement.

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Opened 16 years later in 2009, the New York High Line modeled itself after the Coulée Verte.

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A small bamboo grove.

I think A. said we walked 15,000 steps. I know we walked for two hours straight. What a pleasure to stroll freely without fear of getting run over by a car or bus.

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We walked and talked (that’s not us!)

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And talked and walked, enjoying the scenery along the way.

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And then we went to a café to sit down and have a drink. The waiter brought me a teeny-tiny bottle of mineral water. ‘How much is this?’ I asked. He replied that it cost 4 euros 60. I said I didn’t want it. He brought me an espresso for 2 euros 60. A’s Coke cost 4 euros 60.

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Then we walked again and headed to Place de la Nation. I really like the 12th arrondissement. If I ever considered moving (which I’m not), I’d move there.

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Some of the buildings in A’s neighborhood, built around 1900, are gorgeous. Look at this door below, located at number 17 avenue du Bel-Air. Pure art nouveau.

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A girl watching her papa chalking a cat on the sidewalk.

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We sat down again for another pit stop, it was nearing 7 pm.

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7 euros for the (half) glass of wine, 7 euros for the vanilla milkshake.

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And then I took myself home on the metro, crossing the city to the other side. All in all, a lovely relaxing day.

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