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PARIS GEMS: The Canal Saint-Martin

Another great travel idea in my Paris Gems series.

At the time of this visit to Paris in October 2019, I had a few boat rides under my belt taken along the River Seine. However, I had yet to do a boat tour of the lovely Canal Saint-Martin. The canal intersects with the Seine. It is approximately 4.5 kilometers long. It was built by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, commonly known as the Baron Haussmann, in 1860-1862. The Canal St. Martin was part of a ginormous city improvement and renovation project assigned to Haussmann by the Emperor Napoleon III.

So Shelby and I ventured out one beautiful afternoon onto the canal. We booked on Canauxrama:

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We chose the 3 pm cruise with a departure point of 71 Quai de Valmy 75010 Paris (métro: République) This is a two hour cruise with commentary. The actual boarding location was just a stone’s throw from the front of Hôtel de Nord. Included in our ticket was a yummy crepe, fruit or chocolate, your choice.

The canal has a completely different look and feel from the River Seine which is reason enough to climb aboard the Canauxrama. The canal is lined with trees, which in the fall will dazzle you with color, but in the spring and summer will relax you with their deep green foliage. Go past a swinging bridge, two locks and through the mysterious Bastille tunnel. This tour combines the charms of both the Saint-Martin canal, and the River Seine, encompassing so many treasured historical sites and bridges along its route.

The waterway remains uncovered until Square Frédéric-Lemaître. From there to the Arsenal basin (past the Place de la Bastille), the canal disappears into a tunnel.

Saint Martin Canal boat tour. Into the tunnel at Square Frédéric-Lemaître.
Our view of Square Frédéric-Lemaître from the boat, in the tunnel, as we passed under.
Into the Seine River from the Canal , Notre Dame in the distance still under construction. .
Gotta dry your laundry out somewhere!

This installment of Paris Gems, along the Canal Saint-Martin, is brought to you by your insatiable traveling friend, Judy. Recently, the Museums of Paris created a new social media hashtag in light of the havoc which Covid has wreaked on Paris tourism. And I would echo those eloquent words here: #demainjereviens (Tomorrow I am coming back!)

Bridges, Barns, and Beautiful Landscapes of Southern Indiana

I recently traveled to southern Indiana to visit my sister and her family. I do a lot of international travel (well I used to pre-pandemic) and that is truly wonderful. But the truth is the good ole USA has some seriously beautiful places. Too many to be seen in the amount of time we are allotted in our busy schedules. That is for sure. So I try to take advantage of family visits, especially when that family lives in such a breathtaking place. This installment on my travel blog highlights barns (one of my very favorite photo subjects) and bridges (another!) I hope you enjoy and feel the peace that exudes from these places and spaces in rural southern Indiana. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.


Matthew E. Welsh Memorial Bridge

Hayswood Nature Reserve Corydon, IN

Breeden’s Bridge Leavenworth, IN

This old iron bridge consists of two different type of truss spans, which were made in different years, and also, both spans originated from two different locations. “The spans were relocated to their present location in 1959. The Parker Truss span is 400′ long and was constructed in 1900. The Pratt Truss span was constructed in 1883 and is reported to be the oldest of its type in Indiana. The bridge sits in O’Bannon Woods State Park about three miles south of Leavenworth, IN on an old logging road off old Hwy 62.”

Beautiful Landscapes of the Ohio River Valley