The “hidden garden” of the Musée des Archives Nationale in early September.
A quiet place to retreat to while exploring the popular Marais section of Paris.
I particularly liked the row of wire grid columns just inside the entrance from Rue des Quatre-Fils. They enclosed upright pyracantha bushes and were underplanted with fountain grass.
This summer, the much put-upon (literally) pedestrian bridge between the Left and Right Banks of the Seine had a new look. These pictures were taken in early September.
For some years now, tourists have been attaching “lovelocks” to the open iron railings. Their collective weight has threatened the structural integrity of the bridge, and the authorities have removed them more than once.
Now the sides have been removed again and replaced by boards covered with fake printed graffiti — not better looking, but lighter.
The boards were said to be scheduled to be replaced with plexiglass sometime this month.
The railings at the entrances to the bridge have been left alone for now.
“Graffiti can’t be stopped.”
On this visit to Paris we walked along the Canal Saint-Martin for the first time — starting at the Jaurès metro stop and then leaving it near the Place de la Républic (where the canal goes into a tunnel and then re-emerges after Place de la Bastille).
Along the way, the little derelict enclosed garden* above caught my attention. I found it touching and rather beautiful in its neglected state.
The canal was built between 1802 and 1825 to bring more fresh water into the growing city. Boats also transported grain and other materials. Traffic declined after the mid- 20th century, and there was talk of paving it over in the 1960s. Since 1993, it has been designated as an Historical Monument.
Today, the formerly working class, now gentrifying area is very picturesque, if still a little down-at-heel in spots. It’s definitely worth a detour from the more usual Paris sights.
Above, Square des Récollets.
*It was at Rue Eugène Varlin and Quai de Valmy.
Floral display on the south steps of the church of the Madeleine, early September.
The flowers were petunias and nicotiana, between rows of dwarf fountain grass. A sign said the arrangement was sponsored by the Paris Mayor’s Office and installed by “l’atelier de jardinage des Champs Élysées.”
Another quick look down.
We were walking along the Rue Caulaincourt bridge over the south end of the cemetery when we spotted this pretty planting arrangement in yellow below.
Cimetière de Montmartre is the third largest of four necropolises built in the early 19th century, just outside the Paris city boundaries.
It was placed below street level, in an abandoned gypsum quarry, which had previously received the hundreds of bodies of those killed in the riots of the French Revolution.
The entrance is at the end of Rue Rachel, under Rue Caulaincourt.