Canal Saint Martin in Paris

Old May 8th, 2009, 11:07 AM
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Canauxrama has departures from both the Bassin de l'Arsenal and La Villette, but I certainly agree that it is much better to come from the Seine end and go "up."
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Old May 8th, 2009, 11:26 AM
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I've just pulled together photos from my various rides on the canal; hope the link works and apologies for duplicate type photos - didn't have time to edit them.

http://tinyurl.com/qmdgg3
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Old May 8th, 2009, 11:29 AM
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I'm going to Paris tomorrow, and I had planned to saunter along the Canal on Sunday around midday after the Richard Lenoir market. Weather permitting of course, the forecast doesn't seem to be too good for Sunday, but I want to eat lunch at one of those cafes!

Thank you so much for posting the link to those photos kerouac.
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Old May 8th, 2009, 11:30 AM
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Your photos are absolutely fantastic, palette! I wish I had been able to take photos when I was on my boat tour, but not only did I have my group of 50 (colleagues and their families) to watch after but also my Alzheimer mother whom I had brought along -- so I wasn't able to take any photos of interest from the boat.
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Old May 8th, 2009, 12:07 PM
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oui merci bien

I have walked along the canal from the Seine canal gates to La Villette and it's a most interesting walk (or bike ride - seems there is a bike path from the Stalingrad area right along the canal's towpath. I'd say the short enough walk from La Villette (unique new park with lots of 'follies' in it plus the Science Museum and other museums/centers like the Music One and old Les Halles-like wrought iron market sheds extant from its days as a slaughterhouse.
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Old May 8th, 2009, 12:40 PM
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Kerouac, thanks for the compliment. You must have had the entire boat for your group. Can't imagine corralling that many people; and my mother had Alzheimers so I understand that concern too. You are one brave guy. I had wanted to walk the Canal in April when I was in Paris with my teenage g-daughter, but somehow it was overtaken by shopping and more shopping and then lunch at Galerie Lafayette!! Maybe next April.....there's always "yet to do" on my list.
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Old Aug 29th, 2009, 01:06 PM
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Somebody else took a tour of the Canal and did an excellent photo essay about it: http://tinyurl.com/mx99el
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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 02:01 PM
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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 04:52 PM
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What an excellent post. We've had a canal trip on our list for several years now, and somehow never made it. After viewing all of these lovely photos, I think we'll probably do it this year.

Thanks kerouac for starting this thread.
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Old Sep 10th, 2009, 06:03 AM
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I just had time to read the entire thread - wow! Hope we can do this.
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Old Jan 9th, 2010, 10:36 AM
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I added some photos of the canal frozen today in case anybody wants to see that dreadful condition. Brrrrr!
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Old Jan 10th, 2010, 07:32 AM
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Thank you for such a great report. I will in in Paris this spring and this is definitely a must do for me.Thanks again for all your wonderful reports.
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Old Aug 31st, 2010, 08:48 PM
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I have read several negative reviews of the Canauxrama cruise, which I haven't taken, that mentioned it only being narrated in French. Don't know if that is true. We took the Paris Canal cruise starting from the top and ending at the Orsay. We had a bit of trouble finding the boarding spot; it's basically a metal street sign up the street from a playground, but everything else was great. It's a one man operation and he's is a wonderful guide, bilingual but a native English speaker from the sound of him. Witty, charming and full of interesting bits of information. I intend to go again when I'm in Paris this October.
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Old Aug 31st, 2010, 09:58 PM
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I just noticed that my link was broken, so here is a new one for the photo thread about the canal: http://tinyurl.com/3aklo8w
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 06:19 AM
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My mother, sister and I did the canal tour this past July with the Canauxrama company and enjoyed it. The tour was in English and French. There is one part towards the end where you do see people camped out on either side of the canal and it's mainly underneath the one bridge.
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 06:35 AM
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 06:58 AM
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GREAT thread, Kerouac! Thank you.
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 09:01 AM
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In case anyone is interested, we included some pictures of the Canauxrama cruise in our latest Blurb book of our June trips to Brugge, Brussels and Paris. The link is:

http://www.blurb.com/books/1546686
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 09:48 AM
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This is wonderful. I'm putting it on "THE LIST".

I think we will also go in the direction you did, any recommendations for a casual place to eat at the end of the route? (Sorry if you have already discussed this, I was so busy taking in all your great info I might have missed it!)
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 10:34 AM
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Frankly, I think that the restaurant at the MK2 cineplex on the Quai de Seine side is quite good and not expensive at all, but on the Quai de la Loire side (back on the street away from the canal), the Rendez-Vous de la Marine is an absolute gem. Very small, and reservations are necessary on Fridays and Saturdays.

If ever you get off the boat at the Parc de la Villette stop, there several fine restaurants on both sides (Porte de la Villette or Porte de Pantin) -- they date from the era that La Villette was the slaughterhouse center of Paris and have survived on their beef specialties in the 40 years that have elapsed since the slaughterhouses left; that's how good they are, but they don't come cheap. (The Saint Germain and Marais crowd will never ever find them, so that is another plus.)
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