Post by kerouac2 on Jul 14, 2019 14:04:55 GMT
Even though I started in Paris, I spent very little time in the city before breaching the city limits. I had signed up for a boat trip leaving from the Parc de la Villette and I knew that it would take about two hours, but that's about all I knew. Of course I had already taken a boat for a short trip on this canal in the past, and I even walked along the canal from Paris all the way to Bobigny, this this was significantly farther. It seemed like it would be a pensioner's adventure, and I expected to see lots of white haired heads on the boat.
Anyway, I took a bike to the Pont de Crimée, because I decided that I should walk from the very start of the canal to the meeting point. For anybody with a vague knowledge of Paris, first there is the Canal Saint Martin which starts at the Seine. Then there is the Bassin de la Villette, which was the main industrial port, and once you pass that, the canal de l'Ourcq begins. I am intimately familiar with the area, because I lived on rue de l'Ourcq from 1979 to 1991.
So I arrived at Place de Bitche and saw that modifications were being made for the evening festivities.
Crowd control would be necessary for the firemen's ball.
Here is the fire station before its transformation into a disco.
The firemen were busy setting up all of the barricades and other items.
A podium for a DJ was on a pontoon on the canal.
Plenty of minor tasks to accomplish, but nothing looked like it was difficult. It was just busy work to keep the young firemen out of trouble.
I continued along the canal in the direction of the Parc de la Villette.
not much happening on the canal for the moment
Ah, here is the rendezvous point.