I took the bus to the Buttes Chaumont today. It was sunny and close to warm but also a bit windy, so what I feared turned out to be the case -- the park was closed for security reasons. They didn't use to close the parks because of the weather, but about 10 years ago, maybe 15, a woman was killed in a park in Paris by a falling branch, maybe an entire tree, and that's all it took. So I decided to walk the perimeter anyway. I considered making a new thread called "Buttes Chaumont from the outside" but that seemed a bit futile, so I'll put a few photos here.
Normally I would have alighted from the bus at the stop directly in front of the Mairie of the 19th arrondissement but when I saw that the gates were closed, I stayed on for another two stops to go to the top end of the park.
You certainly used your telephoto to show us some good views of the park, but I am so glad I didn't come over today. It was always a joy to sit in the park and watch some of the joggers really struggling along.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Well, Kerouac, you certainly didn't let a little thing like having your plans completely stymied get you down. Really, you made your loss our gain with this wonderful series of photos. It was nice to see the park from all those vantage points and uncluttered by human beans. I just love everything, from the long views to the fresh new flowers
But Fumobici, it was closed for a good reason, as explained below. I knew a woman who had a big oak branch fall on her as she rode her bike in Audubon Park in New Orleans. She suffered some permanent damage, but the city said it was "an act of god". Buttes Chaumont is huge and full of steep parts -- not easy to ascertain every day if there are branches in danger of falling.
the park was closed for security reasons. They didn't use to close the parks because of the weather, but about 10 years ago, maybe 15, a woman was killed in a park in Paris by a falling branch, maybe an entire tree, and that's all it took.