Post by kerouac2 on Feb 27, 2019 22:05:38 GMT
I had plans to walk from Paris to Saint Denis along the canal for quite some time, and it turned out that today was the day. It wasn't a perfect day since it was the most polluted day of 2019 so far, with driving restrictions and a reduced price for public transportation, but it was also the warmest day of this sunny month so far, with a temperature above 20° (total aberration in February), so I was good to go. Any anyway, walking along the canal I would be away from most traffic.
Since the day began with my normal morning movie, I took the metro from the centre to Porte de Clignancourt to catch the tram. I will have to see the new heart at night, because it should be spectacular with all of the lights on it.
In just a few minutes, I arrived at the Canal Saint Denis tram station.
My first urge was to walk along the other side of the canal, but I saw that the walkway was blocked by some construction work.
The Canal Saint Denis, just like the Canal de l'Ourcq and the Canal Saint Martin (the three canals inside Paris) is still used quite a bit for carrying goods and various materials.
There really is a boxing club here on the Quai du Lot. I just didn't take a picture of where the door is.
This is the free shuttle to the Aubervilliers shopping mall from Porte de la Villette.
One of the first things to see was the "linear forest" along the périphérique. I have taken many photos of it, but it is not yet sufficiently developed for a real report.
When you walk through it, it really does feel like a forest, except for all of the traffic noise.
Then I walked under the périphérique which is wrapped around Paris. Symbolically, it represents the city limits, but in reality, Paris continues on for another 100-200 metres.
I had to take this photo because it shows one of the places mentioned in my novel, a refuge for migrants.
There is plenty of graffiti art all along the canal. I will show you more than enough of it.
On the other side of the périphérique, there is another park in preparation.
It will even have a pond.
There is a footbridge across a little dead end of the canal.
It is where the shopping mall shuttle takes people.
But I was going much farther along the canal.