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Park Life

In the Sun by the Seine

On the Banks of the Seine

Yesterday, in glorious spring sunshine, the quays along the river Seine in central Paris were formally opened as Parc Rives de Seine.

 

 

Over the centuries the quays have served as port, market place, workshop and fairground before they were turned into an urban expressway.  Now reclaimed (or reconquered to use mayor Anne Hidalgo’s triumphant turn of phrase) the traffic free quays form a linear park, promenade and green lung stretching 7km from the Port de l’Arsenal to the Eiffel Tower. Motorist’s groups are still protesting about the loss of the highway but Paris traffic hasn’t ground to a halt as some predicted and the new park looks as though it may be here to stay.

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Saturday Sun

City Living / Shared Space

Riverside Walk

Long Shadows 3

Long Shadows 2

A Little Light Chaos

Secours et Sécurité

Riverside Repose

Riverside Doors

Moorings

Lighting Up Time

Back to the Beach

On the Banks

Another view from Sunday’s visit to the Jardin Flottant.  Not a great picture but it shows the context, and an unmistakeable landmark. Continue reading “On the Banks”

On the Water

A wildlife friendly garden that is not by the water but floating on it.  As Paris parks go, this garden on the Seine must have one of the most unmanageable names, and the most ingenious engineering.   Continue reading “On the Water”

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