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Canal Saint-Martin

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This picturesque canal, an extension of the River Seine, is a pleasant...

This picturesque canal, an extension of the River Seine, is a pleasant place for a boat ride or a summer stroll.

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Canal Saint-Martin

September 2016 . Take a walk at the Canal Saint-Martin , it is interesting . You can see how the Locals live .There are not so many Tourist like in other Places . If you like to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
Elmar R
Zurich, Switzerland
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Queensland, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe we weren't at the right place along the canal. We decided to go to the canal because I had read some good reviews as a nice place to go see. But the water was filthy and stagnent, Bird poop everywhere. And rubbish and broken glass everywhere. Smelt like urine. Wouldn't recommend it and we won't be going back

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

September 2016 . Take a walk at the Canal Saint-Martin , it is interesting . You can see how the Locals live .There are not so many Tourist like in other Places . If you like to have a Drink . here are plenty of Brasseries and Restaurants .

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Gambrills, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

because it was wonderful and full of history i talked everyone into doing it....the canal was very dirty and full of trash....the neighborhood that were lovely, not any more....i remembered all the history from before but no one could understand the guide..he spoke with french mixed in and so it was pretty much wasted 2 1/2 hours....a word of caution...if... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I have wanted to go here the past couple of times we have come to Paris and we finally made it on this trip. Based on all of the reviews I have read, it sounded like this would be such a great place to go and hang out for awhile. It is probably the dirtiest place in Paris we have... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We took the tour boat that leaves from the Seine River near the d'Orsay Museum. The most wonderful part of the tour was going down the Seine by I'le de Cite and I'le Saint Louis past Notre Dame, the Louvre, and under the bridges that cross the Seine. I had trouble understanding the narration from the crew. Entering the Saint... More 

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Milano, Italia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

After so many visits to Paris it was nice to find something different to visit. The walk along Canal St Martin is a very nice stroll. Take your time and enjoy it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Canal Saint Martin is a favorite of Parisan families on Sunday (in good weather). Otherwise, a gathering spot for young people from everywhere. Historically, the canal was vital to Paris and clean water and is an engineering marvel. The locks are interesting and worthwhile. Photographically dynamic and lovely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Paris has so many great attractions that this is one for those that love canals or who have time to really explore -- it is more a voyage (on foot, the boats no longer run) through history with lots of side trips. We spent five hours wandering and really enjoyed our time, but we were in Paris for a week... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The canal slows down the pace of daily living. Such a charming area especially on sunny days. Dotted with lovely bars and restaurants. One of the best art bookshops (3rd in the world) is close by.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Lot's of nice shops, trendy spots, hipsters, beautiful young people, gentrification area, and a nice canal

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The tree-lined Canal Saint-Martin is the focal point of one of the most romantic and hip areas of Paris. Watch boats travel along the canal while lovers and friends take in the atmosphere from the banks or the bridges. Evenings see hoards fill the embankments to drink wine and enjoy good company. The colder days lead people to hipster bars, cozy restaurants, and concert spaces. Those who are more adventurous may explore hidden gems down nearby streets, from local bars to futuristic architecture. With its enriching mix of people of all ages and backgrounds, this neighbourhood has a dynamic, inspiring vibe.
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