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Bassin de l’Arsenal incorporates the Jardin du port de l’Arsenal and the Port de l’Arsenal, all sitting in the Twelveth Arrondissement and along the waterway that starts the Canal Saint-Martin. At the north end overlooking  the Bassin is the July Column and next to the East is the newer Opéra Bastille. I walked from the Column at the north to the south and mouth of the Bassin to the locks that boats use to gain access to and from the Seine River. The beautiful gardens of the port did not disappoint with many beautiful walking paths and flora in bloom!

Street lamp and July Column!

Street lamp and July Column!

Opera Bastille!

Opera Bastille!

Port de l'Arsneal

Port de l’Arsenal.

Stairway to the Port de l'Arsneal

Stairway to the Port de l’Arsenal.

Colorful boat of the Port de l'Arsneal

Colorful boat of the Port de l’Arsenal.

A beautiful start to the gardens!

A beautiful start to the gardens!

A cafe sits at the start of the garden and overlooks the Bassin!

A cafe sits at the start of the garden and overlooks the Bassin!

Easy place to sit and take in the sun!

Easy place to sit and take in the sun!

A look back at where the canal disappears under the July Column and goes into darkness!

A look back at where the canal disappears under the July Column and goes into darkness!

Kids enjoying the day in the garden!

Kids enjoying the day in the garden!

Another look back at the column!

Another look back at the column!

Icelandic Poppies, just beautiful!

Icelandic Poppies, just beautiful!

Icelandic Poppies, just beautiful!

Ditto!

Purple and Yellow, Mother nature sure knows her colors!

Purple and Yellow, Mother nature sure knows her colors!

A view from where I sat and enjoyed a coke!

A view from where I sat and enjoyed a coke!

Refreshing!

Refreshing!

Enjoying the time of just sitting and sipping on a coke!

Enjoying the time of just sitting and sipping on a coke!

The view around me!

The view around me!

Another peaceful walkway!

Another peaceful walkway!

Look back again at the column!

Look back again at the garden and column!

Beautiful Calla Lily!

Beautiful Calla Lily!

Easy place to just wander and take in the peace and quite!

Easy place to just wander and take in the peace and quite!

Beautiful views everywhere!

Beautiful views everywhere!

Another great walking path!

Another great walking path!

Next to the port!

Next to the port!

An area map of the bassin and canal!

An area map of the bassin and canal!

A street view looking north up the bassin!

A street level view looking north up the bassin!

Down the stairs looking for the locks to the river!

Down the stairs looking for the locks to the river!

The Lock House!

The Lock House!

A walking bridge over the lock, beware of the light turning red!

A walking bridge over the lock, beware of the light turning red!

A look up the Bassin de l'Arsenal at lock level!

A look up the Bassin de l’Arsenal at lock level!

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