walks : ++ Culture : +++ Shopping : +
the ultramodern to long bucolic rides along the Bassin de
la Villette and the Ourcq and St Martin Canals, the 19th arrondissement
is not lacking in charm. It is an arrondissement with two
sides to it: on the one hand, the La Villette neighbourhood
and, on the other hand, the Buttes Chaumont. In the former
you will find the Cité des Sciences, a real demonstration
of science and industry through play, or you can let the "bateaux-mouches"
carry you along. The latter is much more romantic and pleasant,
with long walks in the remains of what was a neighbourhood
of gypsum quarries even known in America.
lovers of leisurely walks:
Chaumont is ideal for leisurely walks. Its park, resting on
former quarries, is a real haven of peace with its lake, its
waterfalls and its temple with wonderful views. You can get
to know it on foot or in a cart pulled by donkeys, which is
sure to amaze you.
the same neighbourhood you can see the Villas Mouzaïa
with their little gardens in flower where birds like to hide
to sing their spring song, under the watchful eye of cats
dozing under the rose arbours.
you can cross the Bassin de la Villette on a "bateau-mouche"
or simply walk round it, a pleasant stroll among crayfish
anglers. On leaving the Bassin de la Villette you can admire
the last drawbridge in operation, on the Ourcq Canal.
lovers of culture:
the La Villette neighbourhood there is a gem of a discovery:
the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. It will let
you discover science and its use in industry in an interactive
way. All around this Cité des Sciences is the Géode,
which more than a cinema is a film simulator, the Grande Halle,
a temporary exhibition hall in modules and the Cité
de la Musique accompanied by the Museum of the same name which
will show you all aspects of the art of music in a very original
lovers of shopping :
Avenue Jean Jaurès will be the main focus of attention
for shopping in this arrondissement. This Avenue forms the
border between the Buttes Chaumont and La Villette neighbourhoods.
remember : Les Buttes Chaumont
/ l'Avenue Jean Jaurès / Le Quartier de la Villette
/ La Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie / La Géode.