The Canal de Lachine is a canal passing through the southwestern part of the Island of Montreal, running 14.5 kilometres from the Old Port of Montreal to Lake Saint-Louis. The canal was built to bypass the treacherous Lachine Rapids on the Saint-Lawrence river upstream of Montreal. After completion of the canal in 1825, its banks became a major industrial area of the city. However, the canal closed to shipping traffic in 1970, a few years after the opening of the Saint-Lawrence Seaway (in 1959), which bypasses the rapids starting in Longueuil, on the other side of the river.
The canal is lined with a nice path, suitable for walking and biking, all the way from the Old Port to Lake Saint-Louis. I followed that path on foot until the Saint-Henri neighbourhood, where I took the subway back to Downtown.
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Starting at la Villette in Paris, the Canal Saint-Denis connects the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine, crossing the towns of Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis on the way.
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The Amstel is a river in the Netherlands which runs through the city of Amsterdam, which took its name from it (originally, Amstelredam).
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Haarlem is a city in the Netherlands, not very far from Amsterdam. It has many buildings dating back to the middle-ages. I went there last fall and walked at random.
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Utrecht is a city in the Netherlands not very far south of Amsterdam. Utrecht’s ancient city centre features many buildings and structures dating from the Middle Ages. I went there for a day last september and walked around.
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The Jordaan is a neighbourhood of Amsterdam located west of the center. It is home to many modern art galleries, as well as speciality shops and restaurants.
Above, Noorderkerk (North Church).
Above, still some line at the end of the day at the Anne Frank House.
Above, Westerkerk (West Church).
Above, steeple of Westerkerk.
Starting in De Pijp, I went on a walk, first to Beatrixpark then went on to the Zuidas Business District. On the way back, I walked through Vondelpark and Museumplein.
Above, in Beatrixpark.
Above, at the World Trade Center, in the Zuidas Business District.
Above, Amsterdam Zuid train station.
Above, Fortuna, by artist Leonard van Munster.
Above, on the way to Vondelpark.
Above, Amsterdams Lyceum.
Above, in Vondelpark.
Above, “I amsterdam” sign in front of the Rijksmuseum.
Above, back in De Pijp.