This morning you are in for a treat. You will depart at 9:30am from Quai Anatole France near the Musée d’Orsay for your cruise on the Seine and St. Martin canal. There will be commentary in French and English for your cruise. Pass the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre, Pont des Arts, Île de la Cité and Nôtre Dame, Île St. Louis and then turn into the first lock and the entrance to the Saint-Martin Canal. This is the Arsenal Port and soon you will be going underground for 1.24 miles, you will have a view of the Place de la Bastille column and then be plunged into darkness. The tunnel has holes to let in light along the way. Just imagine you are floating beneath the streets of Paris! You will come out on the delightful St. Martin Canal that is lined with chestnut trees and bordered by a pathway. Pass by house boats, go under foot bridges and you’ll see cafés along the way as well. The English commentary will provide you with details on the various sites you are passing and you will pass through several locks and go under several bridges before arriving at Villette Park around 12:30pm. You will find very modern structures in the Park. The Museum of Science and Industry is here and houses all kinds of fun learning experiences. See the Ariane Rocket, the planetarium, a jet-fighter plane in this very large and building that is surrounded by a moat. Be sure to take the kids to the Children’s Science City where they can experiment and play with interactive machines that teach them scientific principles.
La Géode is the large silver spheric strucrture that catches your eye right away. Inside is a 370 seat auditorium with a huge hemispheric movie screen. You can see films on nature, travel and space here.
There is also a children’s playground with slides, sandpits, and colorful play equipment. There are many restaurants throughout the park for your lunch. There are also ten different theme gardens that will be fun for you and the children to explore. They are: Bamboo garden, Dragon garden, Fog garden, Mirror garden, Wind garden and the Dunes garden.
Another exhibit is the Argonaut submarine (from the 1950’s) and there is also the Music Museum. All around the park you will see bright red structures. These cubes are all different. One is a café, another a day-care center and yet another is a children’s workshop. You will all have a wonderful day here and will not be bored.
The metro is right at the entrance to the park and that will be your way home to your hotel.