Promenade Plantée (‘The Planted Stroll’ en Français)


The green jewel of Paris is a beautifully planted, slow-paced walkway called “Promenade Plantée.”  Once an abandoned railway line, it is the world’s first partially elevated park.  Parisians (and those in-the-know) stroll past seasonally-changing cherry and chestnut trees, through long ‘halls’ of bamboo and by gem-colored perennials. 

The “green stream” runs for three miles from the Opéra Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes. Its elevated portion stretches between the Opéra and the Jardin de Reuilly.  Then it goes to street level and passes through a few railway tunnels.

Imagine your mind and your legs unwinding in this unforgettable place!

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“Walking with Storks” on Portugal’s Rota Vicentina


The southwest coast of Portugal’s Alentejo region is a new destination for walking vacations. Complete with meadows, valleys, stunning views of bays and sand dunes, it is sure to please. There are turtles, eagles and storks for company.

The 350 km Rota Vicentina Trail features two main footpaths:

  • The Historical Way, the inland trail
  • The Fishermen’s Trail, the coastal section for on-foot travelers only


For a travel writer’s description of day-long walks along the well-marked trails, check out:  “On foot in unsung Portugal – walking with storks”  by Roger Bray (


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