This is canal in downtown Paris and you can explore it by boat. It's 4.5 kilometers long, more or less, and has 9 locks. Part of the journey actually takes you below the streets of the city.
Some of the ship captains actually entertain their passengers with little clarinet ditties as they go passing through the city. They also explain the history of the canal in French and English.
La Défense is a modern business district in west Paris and part of the historical area created by the Louvre, Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Neuilly Bridge, and the Grande Arche. The district is mainly composed of skyscrapers which surround a huge square where the Grande Arche is located. The Grande Arche in and of itself is worth the visit. The hanging gardens and public artwork make this neighborhood like an open-air museum. It’s also one of the most important business districts in Europe.
The Tour César is an imposing building, situated next to the church of San Quiriace, dominating the citadel of the town Provins. The tower is a great example of the power that the Counts of Champagne had. It is a tower that has had various functions over the centuries, watchtower, prison, bell tower.. from its top there are some of the best views of the city. Its octagonal structure on a square base is surmounted by four towers connected by walkways, which give it an original and unusual style of architecture.
You have to get a tourist map of the city, which indicates that there are canals for you to discover charming scattered spots. The specialty product of Provins during the Middle Ages was fabric, wool and best known for its quality and its dark blue color obtained by the hardness of river water. The water was essential for other trades, and individual laundries remain on some canals. They are also decorated with spectacular flower arrangements that make this city a place of fairy tales.
In the twelfth century, this solid building originally belonged to the church of San Quiriace. It was then leased to the vendors at the Champagne. It served as a commercial centre and accommodation for these traders ve came to the big fairs to buy and sell their ware. There is evidence that a group of merchants from Toulouse rented the place in 1223. It was in the fifteenth century that the building was used to collect and store the tithes. It consists of three levels; a large basement, a room on the ground floor with three rooms that are separated by columns and on the first floor of the building is a room with large windows which can be accessed from the outside by a stone staircase. It is a fine, well-maintained example of the splendour of medieval architecture.
There is a building which gives tourist information at one end of the square du Chatel, and here tickets are sold for the various shows they do in the citadel, it also sells souvenirs, and exhibits are punctual. It is a good point to go to when you first arrive and that gives access to the old part
These 13th century medieval walls are now being restored, beautifully so. The restoration is in the style of how you imagine they were originally built. The door of Saint Jean, flanked by two almond-shaped towers, guaranteed the protection of the route to Paris, and is less than 90 km from here. Walk the large section of wall from the outside with the grain fields on the other side and visit the military cemetery, you mustn't miss this if you visit this area.
The Hotel Dieu is located in what was the former palace of the countess, once a reception centre and hospital for beggars and pilgrims who came here to see the relics of St Ayoul. Later, traders settled here for the great fairs. An impressive room, 40 metres long, has several passages with direct access to the street.