Sunday, August 30, 2009

Canal St. Martin and the Doomsday Machine....

When you look at this do you not hear the sinister laugh of the lunatic Dreyfus from the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers. (Steve Martin should be shot for trying to remake them.) It looks just like the Doomsday Machine he built to "demonstrate his awesome power" in his quest to kill Inspector Clouseau. Chief Inspector Clouseau.

"Everyday, in every way, I am getting better and better."
"Aha-aha, I must kill him."
"Francois, start the car!"
"Does your dog bite?"

Oh, I could go on forever but really that is not what this post is about. That silly structure was just on our way to Canal St. Martin where in the middle of Paris you can see working locks.

You can ride one of these boats from this part of town down to La Bastille and it takes about 2.5 hours with all the changing of the locks. We walked home to the Bastille in about 30 minutes and you don't get to see as much of the action if you are on the boat. The bridges and sidewalks provide the best vantage point for viewing the changing water levels. The kids were amazed at how these boats passed through. It was a lovely AND educational Sunday stroll through Paris.

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