A leisurely way to view the Canal St-Martin
is to take a boat trip which leaves from Port de Arsenal and ends near this
beautiful mirrored dome in "Bassin de la Villette"
I found the first stretch to be quite spooky
as the tunnel travels directly under the Place de le Bastille
with only occasional drafts of light
from these overhead vents
After this section however, the 3 hour trip is quite delightful!
with quaint timber arched walk-ways frequently spanning the canal
and the sides framed by beautiful Chesnut trees.
In all we passed through 9 locks
and ended up becoming totally drenched with water.
It was still a fun day out and I saw sections of Paris
I would have never seen otherwise.
This canal has often featured in films
1938 "Hotel Du nord"
1972 "Les Malheurs D"Alfred"
2001 "Amelie" where Amelie Poulain who
~ glides through the streets of Paris as quiet as a mouse~
goes to her quiet place ~ skimming stones on the Canal St-Martin
click here to see the video.
Edith Piaf sang about it, in her beautiful but sad song
"Les momes de la cloche" (The Bell's Kids)