Paris is the eternal city, a postcard of nostalgia and dream. There are so many beautiful spots that feel straight out of a cliché from an old movie. Picking a favorite spot is hard. But I suppose I must pick the one where I literally fell in love.
One of my favorite spots in Paris is the Canal Saint-Martin. I’ve written extensively about it and taken many photographs of this popular spot.
Geographically, it starts in the lock near Place de Stalingrad, in the North of Paris, at the port Bassin de la Villette and flows all the way to the Seine, ending at the Port de l’Arsenal. All along its way, it laden with bars, restaurants, trendy shops, art spots, galleries and other cool, urban crowd-favorite hangouts. In the summer, you just chill by the water. You can get drinks from one of the bars by the canal or a local epicerie and sit by the canal, enjoying the seasonal warmth.
My special spot on the canal is the intersection of the Quay de Jemmapes with Rue de la Grange aux Belles. Many pictures have been taken sitting down at this spot:
Why is this spot special? Mostly because it is near one of the magnificent ensembles of beautiful iron bridges and locks that allow boats to move between the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette. These are the distinct features of the canal, preserved by so many beautiful photos and iconic movie scenes.
There are many reasons I love hanging around this spot, enjoying the cool summer breeze and the energy in the air. But the most important reason is that I fell in love. When I think of Paris, this is the place where nostalgia hits, this is where I long to be. I think of the love, the friends, the conversations, the laughs, the moments shared. This is the epicenter of my love for Paris.