Saturday, January 23, 2016

Saturday 23 January - Railway viaduct and an excellent lunch

The old Bastille railway station and the approach tracks on a brick arched viaduct were taken out of use in the 1960s when the Bastille opera house was built.  The viaduct has been transformed into a beautiful urban walkway with shops and businesses in the arches below.  The steel bridges have been retained to produce a linear park, the first kilometre or so being the viaduct with an extension which goes right out to the Bois de Vincennes.  We walked the first part from the Bastille to the Place de Daumesnil.  Being a Saturday it was filled with joggers and families with kids with scooters.  People could walk or jog being far removed from the traffic interference and noise below.

Special attention has been given to producing a park that requires little maintenance and that attracts wildlife.
At one point the park opens out (possibly the site of a former station) and an interesting garden has been created.
It was a quick metro ride to Denfert-Rochereau and a short walk along Leclerc to Mouton-Duvernet to one of our favorite restaurants Les Fils de la Ferme.  We received a warm welcome and had an excellent meal.
Pate of duck en croute - the duck was very dark and there were hints of blood pudding.  The truffle sauce was very good
Sweet potato and scallpos
Suckling pig snacké (a la plancha) with brussels in a clementine sauce.
 Blanquette de veau (veal shoulder) with stuffed pasta with white wine froth

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