Our airbnb is a small studio apartment above shops in Saint Antoine in the Marias district of the city.

One of the many cafes in our temporary Paris neighbourhood of Marias
One of the many cafes in our temporary Paris neighbourhood of Marias

It is an excellent position for exploring a few of the many parts of Paris that we had not seen (and never will) but the heat and a lack of air conditioning in the apartment has meant that we have had the sounds of Paris screaming through the open windows at night. Being deaf does have it’s rewards! especially late at night (or very early in the morning) when the emergency services are very active.

The St Martin canal provided a visitor free look at Paris during the morning commute.
The St Martin canal provided a visitor free look at Paris during the morning commute.

 

The water in the St Martin canal is almost at street level, it also runs underground for several km, there were food Markets in the open space above.
The water in the St Martin canal is almost at street level, it also runs underground for several km, there were food Markets in the open space above.

The warm air in the apartment has been excellent for drying washing so every cloud has that silver lining.

We consider them noxious weeds, Parisians put them in their window boxes
We consider them noxious weeds, Parisians put them in their window boxes

I am wondering if our shoes will hold out, on foot we are averaging around 15km a day, top day has been 22km. Ruth is getting shorter as a result.

Ruth gets an extra spring in her step when there are shops to explore
Ruth gets an extra spring in her step when there are shops to explore

 

The bagss are not getting any easier to pack and that is not because we are acquiring extra gear, it just does not want to pack as compactly as that first time. However, the decision to go for two smaller bags has proven useful now that we are back on the trains, stowing the smaller bags in much easier.

The Rue was too skinny for outdoor seating but the fold back windows with gardens made for a unique setting.
The Rue was too skinny for outdoor seating but the fold back windows with gardens made for a unique setting.

We cross the channel tomorrow to start more biking at the end of the week.

Ruth meets Napoleon
Ruth meets Napoleon

 

The scales of the Palace gardens is staggering, we clocked up over 10km taking a brief peek
The scales of the Palace gardens is staggering, we clocked up over 10km taking a brief peek

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