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This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
These photos are from a day we spent wandering in the northeastern part of Paris, around the 19th Arrondisement. There is, it turns out, a canal there. We walked a good chunk of it, taking in the sights and the sun, ending at a park called La Villette.
Okay, so I’m starting with a railing. But it’s a nice railing. There are a lot of nice railings in Paris.
A modern fountain near where we started walking along the canal.
Not only is it a canal, but it actually has locks. Pretty small locks by canal standards, but locks nevertheless.
There were lots of nice bridges for pedestrians; not so many for cars. I’d say it reminded me of Venice, but this was a couple of years before we went there.
And, yes, there were boats on the canal. We didn’t see anything that looked like a commercial boat; just personal craft like this one.
There were a couple of little parks along the way on the side of the canal, which naturally attracted people who wanted to sit out in the sun.
Lots of people hanging out on the sides of the canal, too.
Here we are in La Villette. It’s a park today, but it’s near the old border of Paris and this building, designed by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, was a customs house, part of the system for collecting taxes on goods brought into Paris. It dates from 1788, not too long before the French Revolution.
It was a lovely time to be in the park with lots of flowers in bloom, and lots of people enjoying the day.
Some more flowers to end.