yesterday on our way home from the greenmarket (kilo of fresh local sweet peas, kilo of fresh local little fava beans, kilo of asparagus, 4 baby local cauliflower, 3 little boxes of really sweet delicious strawberries (mara des bois, a species bred to be --- especially tasty and delicious; imagine that, they don't keep well, they were bred for flavor instead of shipping qualities), white peaches, apricots ... and some other stuff...
we went down to what used to be a highway along the left bank of the seine, where i ran last year on sundays through tons of construction work, because -- they were making a park/recreation area out of it. and it's done (well actually not, but a big hunk of it). and it's lovely.
little tents and sort of huts you can reserve for picnics, some outdoor cafes, stuff for skateboarders to break their necks on, lots of stuff for little children and bigger children including the first monkey bars i've ever seen in Paris (and we've taken DD to lots of parks), and more, all with a room for runners and bikers. there was an extraordinarily ugly very large sculpture of a rabbit's head, right next to the very beautiful 1900 Pont Alexandre III, but when we got close up, it was sitting on the top of a truck, so we hoped it would be gone fast.
and indeed, when i did my run today, through there, it was gone.
so i ran 11 miles, with only occasion red lights and streets to cross. down to the river on the right bank, right by City Hall, along the Right Bank highway which is closed to traffic on Sundays and has also in that area been converted already from a highway to a "boulevard", with sidewalks and traffic lights, with trees, and boats and stuff to walk along on the far side and the ability to cross back over to the city. went down there to the Jardin des Tuileries, did 2 loops there, crossed the river, and went back down to this park i just described, les berges de la Seine
then past it, a little part that hopefully will be included, then alongside a lot of tourist boats to the Eiffel Tour, for one circle around the Champs des Mars, and then back, pretty much the same route, but about a mile below the louvre, alongside the river, of cobblestones, so i ran that really slowly. it was by far the slowest mile (which since i was running slowly anyway).
so i hope to have inspired some of your to come and run with me sometime ... (especially if you're a Galloway runner). by the time i get up to 16 or 18 miles, i expect to have a route that includes 5 gorgeous parks. maybe 6.
thank you so much Spark people for this beautiful passion.