I’ll return to Paris this Saturday for more photo’s and hotpots. This year my goal is to write a bit more, but when I’m not here you can always find me on my Instagram pages.
- myworldofparis (My blog in photo’s)
- Danielle.Delancy (My illustration page/portfolio)
Here is a little impression of the Instagram page of this blog. Hope you enjoy ♥
Non, we’re not done here yet. I couldn’t resist to share this photo with you. It’s a really simple photo but I like it. It shows the calmness of this beautiful island. I’Île-Saint-Louis invites you for a slow walk through this exclusive residential area of Paris. You’ll be impressed by all the amazing stores and characteristic houses.
I can blog endlessly about it! But I can control myself, next time we move on. Maybe it’s time again for a bit of history…
I‘m really not a romantic person. Seriously, I get uncomfortable and try to make a joke out your bouquet of roses. That’s why I like Paris. You don’t need a bouquet of roses or a serenade from a creepy guy with a violin to make your night ‘romantic’. Paris is made for people like me, and I like being me. I like to joke around and be a bit clumsy. I received once a card from my boyfriend with ”I love you, even if you’re clumsy”. That’s my kind of romance, haha!
Look at the picture above. It’s just a normal street with a cute couple that hold each other’s hands. In another city it would be nothing special. But, I bet if that guy asks her to marry him, she would cry tears and tell the whole family that he proposed to her at the most romantic spot in Paris. Can you explain that? No, because Paris is romance and real romance can’t be explained. It happens.
Canal St.Martin is without any doubt the best canal in the summer. When the weather is nice and warm, everyone in Paris is looking for a fun place to hang out. Which isn’t really a difficult choice in Paris, right? We all know that Paris Plage is much fun, but since at few years also Canal St.Martin is a popular place to be. Parisians, tourist, young and old..all gathered along the banks of the canal.
Canal Saint-Martin flows through four different arrondissements of Paris (which is nothing compared to the seine) and is about 4.5 kilometers long. It connects the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine and runs underground between the metro stations Bastille and République. A fun fact I read on a Dutch website about Paris (named ‘Parijs mijn Stad’) is that the costs of the canal were paid by an additional tax on the wine. Ha, that must have been quite frustrating for our Parisian wine lovers..
Have you never been there but do you recognize it from something? Well, that’s possible because Canal St.Martin is known by the famous song of Edith Piaf ”Les mômes de la cloche” and the world famous movies: Amélie and Hôtel du Nord.
When you’re walking along the canal there are many exciting things to see: original shops, trendy restaurants and lots of people! Do you want to check it out? No problem, the canal can be accessed from many metro stations in Paris: Stalingrad, Richard-Lenoir, Oberkampf, République, Jaurés, Goncourt and, last but not least, metro station Bastille.
Pont Neuf sounds familiar to every romanticist. From all the bridges in Paris, this the most romantic one. It’s a tradition (especially among the tourists) to give your lover a big kiss on the bridge.
Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris, and was built between 1578 and 1604. With a length of 238 meters and 12 arches, it’s the third largest bridge of Paris. But what’s so special about it? It was Henry III who started in 1578 the construction of Pont Neuf. At the end of 1604 it was finished and Henry IV opened the bridge. It was the first inhabited bridge in Paris. I can hear you thinking, an inhabited is quite normal right? No, it used to be different when houses were built on bridges. The ultimate goal of Pont Neuf was to create a place where people could gallivant. It was a great success, Pont Neuf became a place for music, performances, duels, and of course to drive a trade.
Nowadays, the bridge is still a popular place in Paris. The bridge is especially popular because of its history, the incredible view and the romantic street lighting at night. Many couples come together to get a bit cozy. But.. mom and dad, please don’t get to cozy when I’m around, I’m still your daughter, ha! :D
Note: Halfway across the bridge you find a statue of Henry IV.