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Take part in a guided walking tour along canal Saint-Martin. You will walk all around the canal crossing from one bank to the other taking in some neighbouring streets along the way…
Place to stroll down the river and down your memories ; overflowing with History and stories to tell : the Paris canals almost disappeared to make room for an urban motorway…
To bring water to Parisians and avoid too much circulation in the centre of Paris, Napoleon 1st launched the canal project which definitely made the water transport much more easier.
Lined for a long time by factories, warehouses, small seedy hotels and cafés, the canals were at the heart of an industrial and working class world that has today disappeared. But this mood is still visible: from a power plant to Point Ephémère Art centre, from the « Fédération Anarchiste » to the stolen Mona Lisa hiding place.
« La Grisette » (a working class woman), Arletty and Louis Jouvert, Georges Brassens, the last of the communards, the FTP-MOI – a component of the French Resistance, Jean Gabin and Alain Delon, Jacques Mesrine, Deng Xiaoping, Eugène Varlin and Louise Michel, Georges Simenon and Paul-Louis Lafargue, all of them wandered the docks and neighbouring streets…
Now a much sought destination for walks and strolls, the canals have managed to preserve a little part of this popular working class that your guide will bring alive to you as you pass by the factories, locks, bridges, the mythical Hôtel du Nord, nowadays cafés and while you make unusual discoveries.
The walking tour finishes at the bassin de la Villette.
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