Parc Georges Valbon (Parc de la Courneuve)

Parc Georges Valbon (aka Parc de la Courneuve) is a huge park (417 ha) in Seine-Saint-Denis. After my visit to the Basilica of Saint-Denis, I walked to the park and spent the rest of the day there, until sunset. The weather was really nice and the park looked great in fall colors.

Above, geese.

Above, large concrete sculpture.

Above, Grand Lac (Great Lake).

Above, the top of that hill has a nice viewpoint on the park.

Above, at the top of the hill.

Above, on the bridge crossing the train tracks.

Above, Cascades.

Above, mounds.

Above, view from the big mound, the highest point in the park.

Above, landing strip of Aéroport du Bourget.

Above, looking towards Paris. Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower can be seen.

Above, Vallon, covered with algae.

Above, crossing the train tracks on the way back.

Above, in the rose garden.

Above, shadow of the entrance gate in the setting sun.


Mount Royal

Mount Royal (Mont Royal) is a small mountain in Montreal, immediately west of downtown. It is the site of Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and the city’s largest park.

Above, Mount Royal seen from the observatory of Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie. The Belvédère Kondiaronk, on the left, offers a great view on the city. The Mount Royal Cross can be seen on the right.

Above, path to the chalet and its Belvédère, coming from the campus of McGill University.

Above, walking up Olmsted Road (Chemin Olmsted), the main path to get around the park.

Above, squirrel.

Above, view on Downtown Montreal from the Belvédère Kondiaronk, near the chalet.

Above, the Chalet du Mont Royal near the viewpoint.

Above, inside the Chalet.

Above, I left the Chalet to walk a loop around the top of the mountain.

Above, Mount Royal Cross.

Above, back at the Belvédère.

Above, I later came back to Mount Royal, this time walking from Saint Joseph’s Oratory.

Above, Beaver Lake (Lac aux Castors).

Above, enjoying the sunlight at the end of the day.

Above, antenna at the summit of Mount Royal.

Above, Mount Royal Cemetery.

Above, at the Belvédère Kondiaronk, waiting for the sunset.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river in the background.

Above, Place Ville-Marie in the center.

Autumn at Kyu-Furukawa Garden

Kyu-Furukawa Garden is a park in Kita City, Tokyo. The park includes an old western-style building designed by architect Josiah Conder, a rose garden, and a traditional Japanese-style garden.

Above, the rose garden.

Above, the western-style residence.

Above, toro lantern in the Japanese-style garden.

Above, a turtle in the pond.

Lake Tama

Lake Tama is an artificial lake in Higashiyamato City, in western Tokyo, right at the border with Saitama Prefecture. It was formed by damming up a river running through the Sayama valley, a project started in 1916 and completed in 1927. The lake now serves as a water reservoir for the residents of Tokyo.

The lake is surrounded by parks and forests and there is a popular cycling course extending from Nishitokyo City to Lake Tama. North of the lake towards Lake Sayama lies the Seibu Dome, home of the Saitama Seibu Lions baseball team. Also worthy of a visit are the buddhist Yamaguchi Kannon Konjoin (山口観音 金乗院) and Sayama Fudoson (狭山不動尊) temples.

Above, on the cycling road outside the Musashi-Yamato station.

Above, forest in the Metropolitan Sayama Park.

Above, gate leading to the Lake Tama dam.

Above, the eastern dam.

Above, the Seibuen Amusement Park.

Above, on the cycling road circling the lake.

Above, the Seibu Dome.

Above, on the western dam.

Above, leaving Tokyo and standing in Saitama Prefecture.

Above, gate to the Yamaguchi Kannon Konjoin Temple.

Above, the temple seemed to have a dragon theme.

Aboe, the Mizuko Jizo terraces. The statues serve as memorials for miscarried or aborted fetuses.

Above, red five-story pagoda. The inside of the pagoda was closed when I was there but it can be visited.

Above, entrance to an underground statue gallery.

Above, statue of Kannon, the buddhist goddess of mercy.

Above, a horse statue near the entrance of the temple.

Above, entrance to the Sayama Fudoson Temple.

Above, main gate to the Sayama Fudoson Temple.

Above, the nearby Seibu Dome.

Above, the indoor Sayama Ski Resort, right next to the Dome.

Above, inside the Seibu Dome.

Above, Seibu train decorated with characters from Leiji Matsumoto’s manga Galaxy Express 999.