A sunny Saturday afternoon beside the river Seine.
The former expressway, now known as the Berges de la Seine – Rive Droite, was busy with people strolling, running, skating, cycling…
The newly laid turf is still out of bounds but the timber edging makes a comfortable perch.
This is labeled as a play area for five to eight year olds but yesterday the logs were occupied by grown-ups soaking up the sun.
The under eights weren’t bothered. They were busy climbing the walls.
The sand-coloured pathway below is a soft landing strip, also good for runners.
There are play areas for grown-ups too. This is one of a row of six boules courts, each with coat pegs on the adjoining wall. This is Paris after all.
The roadway has to be retained for emergency access but the planners are making the most of the narrow strips of land alongside the tarmac.
Of course the views do help. This reclaimed public space is a sheltered, south facing, promenade at the heart of the city. It’s the place to be on a sunny winter’s day.
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