|Did you spot the famous landmark in the background?|
This week we've been moored on the Saint-Martin canal in the young and studenty 19th arrondisement, where each evening until sundown the quaysides have been packed with groups drinking and socialising over a few ends of pétanque or a game of Molkky (similar to skittles).
Built in the 1820's the Canal Saint-Martin, together with the Canal Saint-Denis, transported goods from the industrial areas of Paris out to the Seine and beyond. Today the first section of the canal has been covered over and made into a public park, creating a rather eerie 2km tunnel, lit only by occasional vents up to the world above.
|Steering Serenity by torchlight!|
The picture doesn't really do it justice but there's something very disconcerting about relying on your husband on the bow telling you which way to steer because you can't see the front of the boat - particularly when the tunnel isn't even straight!
But as soon as you leave the tunnel you're part of a classic Parisian landscape of arched metal footbridges and tree lined cobbled quaysides. And when we cruised through on Friday evening Serenity had no shortage of admirers as Parisians of all ages overflowed from the quayside bars and cafes to enjoy their drinks in the sun.