Saturday, August 10

I take a walking tour of the northern end of Canal Saint-Martin.

It's so nice to wake up in the morning and not have to do homework or go to class. Week-end!

It's going to feel very strange when I get home and resume speaking in English to everyone. It will also be a relief, not having to concentrate so hard just to be able to communicate with the rest of the world.

Took a walk along the northern section of Canal Saint-Martin, starting in Parc de la Villette way up at the northeastern edge of Paris in the 19th, and ending at Place de la République in the 3rd.

A painting of Canal Saint-Martin by Alfred Sisley, in the Musée D'Orsay. This is where I'm going today.

The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (City of Science and Industry) in Parc de la Villette, Europe's largest science museum. I could see all sorts of neat stuff looking through the windows. A very interesting building.

La Géode, a mirror-finished geodesic dome that holds an Omnimax theatre in Parc de la Villette.

Football (soccer) players in Parc de la Villette.

A carrousel (merry-go-round) in Parc de la Villette.

A big commercial boat at the intersection of Canal Saint-Denis and Canal Saint-Martin.

A footbridge at the northern end of the canal. I don't know what that interesting building might be. A hotel?

A pretty little boat docked on the canal.

The Bassin de la Villette, a stretch where the canal widens. This is the largest man-made lake in the city. The buildings in the background are theaters and restaurants, an entertainment complex.

La Rotonde, a restaurant at the southern end of Bassin de la Villette.

The "Peace & Love" hostel, with the Canadian flag flying. I know nothing more about this, but had to take a picture of it!

A lock on the canal. That tour boat is being lifted up so it can continue its journey up the canal.

One of the picturesque pedestrian bridges crossing over the canal.

The sign is in French, of course:

Danger = danger
Zone technique = technical area
Accès inderdit au public = public access prohibited

Canal Saint-Martin.

Place de la République.