Allee Arthur Rimbaud in Paris
This promenade walkway was designed at the same time as urban planning was taking shape in Paris in the area for the new BNF library, and it was inaugurated in memory of a French poet called Arthur Rimbaud.
About the Allee Arthur Rimbaud
It was during the urban planning and development of the 13th Arrondissement in Paris, which was when the BNF Bibliotheque Francois-Mitterrand was constructed that a promenade style walkway was also decided that it was needed to spruce up the area along the bank of the River Seine at the chosen site for the new National Library of France.
It was designed by the landscape architect Jacqueline Osty with the architect F Grether back in 1997 as a split level promenade to separate the busy street from the bank of the River Seine, and provide a place of calm to walk along or sit and each lunch. And in fact, Jacqueline Osty and associates have also designed other places in Paris, including the Parc Martin Luther King.
Utilising a wide variety of different shrubs, flowers and grasses along with willows are signature trademarks of the designer, with one bearing white cotton like flowers being present in many of her landscape designs, and these aspects make the Allee Arthur Rimbaud have a river-side country feel to it.
You will be able to see a plaque on a post stating the name as you enter the promenade, however, it was not until 2006 that it was officially inaugurated with the name of Allee Arthur Rimbaud, which was named in memory of a French poet who died of cancer when he was only in his 30s.
Visiting the Allee Arthur Rimbaud
You will find the Allee Arthur Rimbaud located in the 13th Arrondissement running along the bank of the River Seine close to barges such as the Petit Bain, the Nix Nox and the Batofar along with the promenade restaurant called La Vagalame, not forgetting tourist attractions like the Parc de Bercy on the opposite bank.
When it comes to reaching this leafy and pretty promenade walkway, the nearest Metro station is the Bibliotheque Francois-Mitterrand stop via line 14, and this station also serves the RER trains on the RER C line.
However, other options for public transport in Paris include the Quai de la Gare Metro station that serves line 6, or alternatively you have the Bus lines 62, 64, 89, 132 and 325, along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service via Line N133 that will get you within walking distance of the Allee Arthur Rimbaud as well.
Plus it is along this promenade that you can gain access to the Port de la Gare where the Piscine Josephine Baker floating swimming pool is located, plus it passes underneath the Passerelle Simone de Beavoir footbridge with its unusual style, which was an impressive feat of engineering that was inaugurated in the same year.