Canal Saint Martin

The last time I visited the Canal Saint Martin it had been drained of water and cleaned so it was nice to see it full again, especially with blue skies and sun. There are often gray days in Paris in the Autumn so nice weather is really appreciated.

img_1973 There are pedestrian bridges over the canal, curved so boats can go underneath.

img_1974 Nice architecture on either side of the canal.

img_1977 Smooth water reflecting a blue sky.

img_1991 One of the boats that do tours up the canal. In this case, the road opens to let the boat through-you can see it on the left.

img_1978 The shabby chic bar/restaurant, le Comptoir General, is there for a drink and some cuban music.

This and That

Photos around Paris:

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Veggies at the Bastille market.

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A friendly vendor selling saucisson.

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Tile art on the wall of the Hotel du Nord, a famous restaurant, once hotel. It is next to the Canal Saint Martin which you see here.

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I really like the floor there.

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A book, then a movie were made based on this hotel.

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The lovely ceiling of a patisserie from times past. I didn’t get the name though.

Canal Saint Martin

Here it is, January 1st, 2014. My 2013 sure went by quickly. I’m here at the home of my son in Switzerland where we “rang in the New Year”. Here is a post that I put together a couple of weeks ago:

The new hot area to either live in or just visit for a walk along the water, a cup of coffee or a meal is that around the Canal Saint Martin. On a pretty Sunday afternoon Maurice and I ventured out to explore a bit.

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Photogenic bridges arch over the canal. If you haven’t seen the French movie Amelie, do so. One of these bridges is in the movie and you get a look at a lot of other places in Paris.

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A look from a bridge down the canal.

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The other direction as it curves away.

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It’s always fun to watch a boat move through the locks.

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Many cafes and coffee places abound. Most of them sell vegan or vegetarian fare.

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Cute window of a toy store.

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It was a little chilly so Maurice and I stopped for hot chocolate.