Walk along Canal Saint-Denis: From La Villette to Stade de France

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.

Above, in La Villette.

Above, Canal Saint-Denis, towards Aubervilliers.

Above, the path is lined with many impressive murals.

Above, in Aubervilliers.

Above, Egypt graffiti.

Above, at this point, I left the bank of the canal and headed towards the Stade de France.

Above, Stade de France.

Above, crossing the Canal Saint-Denis on the way to the subway station.

Above, I was there a little after the end of the Euro 2016.

Walk along Canal Saint-Martin, Bassin de la Villette & Canal de l’Ourcq

The Canal de l’Ourcq, the Bassin de La Villette and the Canal Saint-Martin link the River Ourcq with the Seine (at the Port de l’Arsenal, near Bastille).

Above, Port de l’Arsenal, looking towards Place de la Bastille.

Above, column at Place de la Bastille. Starting there, the Canal Saint-Martin goes underground following the Boulevard Jules Ferry.

Above, Canal Saint-Martin near La Villette.

Above, the area is popular with street artists.

Above, lock.

Above, Jardin Villemin.

Above, migrants.

Above, La Rotonde in Place Stalingrad.

Above, Bassin de la Villette.

Above, Paris Plage of La Villette.

Above, Canal de l’Ourcq, towards Pantin.

Above, looking towards Canal Saint-Denis.

Above, in Parc de la Villette.

Above, exhibition of the statues of the samba schools of Rio.

Above, dragon slide.

Above, Géode in the Cité des Sciences.

Above, the “Argonaute” submarine. I went inside but photos were forbidden.

Above, Philharmonie de Paris.

Above, in Pantin.

Above, Grands Moulins de Pantin.

Above Pantin City Hall.

Above, Bâtiment des Douanes of Pantin in redevelopment.

Above, TV relay of Romainville. At this point, I took a Velib’ along the canal de l’Ourcq.

Above, the walls along the canal are covered with graffiti.

Coulée Verte René Dumont (Promenade Plantée)

The Coulée Verte René Dumont (formerly known as Promenade Plantée) is a 4.7 km elevated linear park built on top of a former railway in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. It links Bois de Vincennes with Bastille.

The start of the Coulée Verte is near the Périphérique. However, I started from Square Charles Péguy: I wanted to check out the community garden built near the Petite Ceinture railway, which can only be accessed from the Square. I then walked all the way to Bastille.

Above, entrance of Square Charles Péguy on rue Rottembourg.

Above, towards the community garden next to the Petite Ceinture.

Above, end of the path.

Above, train tracks of the Petite Ceinture.

Above, leaves turning yellow.

Above, back at Square Charles Péguy.

Above, on the Coulée Verte.

Above, bridge in the Jardin de Reuilly – Paul Pernin.

Above, sunbathing.

Above, sundial.

Above, rue Montgallet.

Above, avenue Daumesnil.

Above, at the end of the path near Bastille.

Above, on rue de Lyon near Opéra Bastille.

Above, column at Place de la Bastille. It is currently undergoing maintenance to prepare for the opening of the underground crypt to the public.

Parc de l’Observatoire in Meudon / Walk to Saint-Cloud

The Parc de l’Observatoire is a park in Meudon near Paris. It owes its name to the astronomical observatory nearby. After leaving the park, I walked towards the Seine and the Parc de Saint-Cloud.

Above, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, on the way to Meudon. There are no Vélib’ stations in Meudon so I could only go to Issy and then had to walk from there.

Above, at the Parc de l’Observatoire.

Above, looking towards Paris from the park.

Above, Eiffel Tower and Ballon de Paris.

Above, astronomical observatory.

Above, leaving the park.

Above, in the Forest of Meudon, walking towards the Seine and the Parc de Saint-Cloud.

Above, Eiffel Tower.

Above, skyscrapers of La Défense.

Above, building in Boulogne-Billancourt.

Above, Parc de Brimborion in Sèvres.

Above, Seine from the bridge to Boulogne-Billancourt.

Above, looking towards the Parc de Saint-Cloud.

Issy-les-Moulineaux

Issy-les-Moulineaux is a suburb south-west of Paris, on the left bank of the Seine. Many large companies have their French headquarters there.

Above, HQ of Microsoft France.

Above, Boulevard Galieni.

Above, train station.

Above, Seine.

Above, Parc de l’Ile Saint-Germain.

Above, “Tour aux Figures” by Jean Dubuffet.

Above, Ecoquartier des Bords de Seine.

Above, park of the Centre Sportif Suzanne Lenglen.

Above, HQ of Accor Hotels.

Above, Hexagone Balard.

Above, heliport.

Above, Aquaboulevard.

Above, tram tracks.