There are few things better to do on a sunny day in Paris than to have a walk along the Canal Saint Martin, the citys other large waterway. But whereas the Seine tends to attract foreign visitors... Read More
There are few things better to do on a sunny day in Paris than to have a walk along the Canal Saint Martin, the citys other large waterway. But whereas the Seine tends to attract foreign visitors and local poseurs, the Canal has always been more of a place for family walks and quiet moments. (And it is also the place where Amelie is skipping stones, her favorite pastime we are told, in one of those rare moments when she leaves her beloved Montmartre.)
Start your walk at the Place de la Republique and continue straight into Rue due Faubourg du Temple before turning left on the Quai de Valmy: this first stretch of the Canal, up to the legendary Hotel du Nord on your right and the large Villemin gardens on your left, is the most picturesque. Cross Place de Stalingrad and continue your walk past the Bassin de la Villette (same canal, different name), Pariss ancient docklands, and the Canal de lOurcq for a change in scenery and flavor.
At the end of a walk, you will arrive at the grandiose Cité des Sciences et lIndustrie, the countrys largest science and technology museum. On second thought: this sounds more like a good idea for a rainy day, perhaps.