Paris for Visitors - Home 

imageimageimageimage


Main Index Sightseeing Search for Hotels, B&Bs, or Apartments
Where to Stay Transportation Top 11 Tourist Mistakes

Canal St-Martin Cruise Photos  - 1

From: St. Martin Canal Cruises

photo

We took an afternoon cruise on le Canotier, so this photo tour begins at the Parc de la Villette, which is in the 19th arrondissement on the northeastern edge of Paris.

  • Tip: The Villette boat landing is a short walk from the Porte de Pantin Métro stop on the Avenue Jean Jaurès. From the Métro, head north on the Galeria de la Villette, past the Grande Halle (a large, modern exhibition building) to the canal de l'Ourq. The boat will be moored just to the left and before the pedestrian bridge that crosses the canal.


photo

After departing the quay, the Paris Canal excursion boat passes modern apartment buildings on its way to the Rotonde de La Villette and the elevated Stalingrad Métro station (where the Bassin de la Villette connects with the Canal Saint-Martin).


photo

As the boat cruises down the Canal St-Martin, it goes through a series of locks. The canal's elevation drops 26 meters or 85 feet in the 4.5 km or 3 miles between the Parc de la Villette and the Seine.


From the 1900s until World War II, the Canal St-Martin was a major industrial waterway, but barge traffic declined sharply after the war, and city officials considered paving over the canal for an autoroute in the early 1960s.

Today, the canal is mostly a recreational waterway, but it still has commercial traffic. The city of Paris has been renovating the canal infrastructure in the last few years, with the goal of shifting freight from trucks to barges in an effort to reduce highway traffic and pollution.


photo

photoIn the northern section of the Canal St-Martin, there's enough room along the water for industrial buildings and even a firehouse. (Interesting fact: French firefighters are technically part of the armed forces. During the annual Bastille Day parade, you can see sapeurs and pompiers marching in uniform with rifles.)

<< Previous page

Next page >>


Related articles:

"Best of the Web"
- Forbes and The Washington Post


Hotel suggestions from Europe's
No. 1 booking service:

Booking.com button

    arrow  Romantic/honeymoon hotels

    arrow  Design hotels

    arrow  CDG airport hotels

    arrow  All Paris hotels


Photo

Staying a few days or longer?
Live like a local and save:

     arrow  Paris vacation apartments


image

Arriving and getting around:


(c) iStockphoto/Imre Cicajlo

Airport transfers and sightseeing:

     arrow  Paris airport shuttles

     arrow  All Paris tours and activities


image

Cruise review:



Europe for Visitors - Home  |

|  Advertising, audience, privacy, disclosures, and contact information  |

Copyright © 1996-2014 Durant Imboden and Cheryl Imboden. All rights reserved.