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.
Just beautiful. I love all the grasses with their seed heads and the yucca are gorgeous. The penultimate picture of the giant specimen tree is magnificent. This park with all its wild-seeming areas is such a wonderful thing in a huge city.
Well, it was Monday, so most of them were probably at work. There were still too many joggers on the outer perimeter (in my opinion), since they always make the normal pedestrians feel that they are in the way.
Also, the school year ended on Friday (yes, the French kids actually went back to school, except for the high school and university students), but many families fled the city starting Saturday. Of course "Dad" often stayed behind to continue working. Some day when there is sexual equality, perhaps Dad will be able to take the kids on holiday while Mama stays behind to work.
Nostalgic walkabout - thanks Kerouac! I don't know if that tall tree is a Sequoia or not but I am almost certain that the widespread branches in the penultimate photo is a giant and very ancient Cedar of Lebanon. I don't think Napoleon planted this one but he did plant the one in the gardens of St.Gatien in Tours.
In your previous photos you took some very nice ones of the Mairie or Town Hall opposite the bus stop where we bade farewell to Mossie after we had all been for a short stroll n the park. If anyone finds themselves waiting for the bus maybe see if you will be allowed to gain entrance to the Hall of Marriages. In there you can see the painting 'The Civil Wedding' of Mathurin Moreau 1881) by Henri Gervex (1852-1929). In 1878, Monsieur Moreau became mayor of the 19th arrondissement in Paris. It is quite beautiful.