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Sunday, June 23, 2013

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OWL_20 6/30/2013 10:36AM

    Fantastic run and love the greenmarket purchases--way more than our local Farmer's Market, so far, lol.

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BOILHAM 6/27/2013 4:05PM

    Looks like a beautiful spot to run. 11 miles, good job!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/27/2013 3:40PM

    I so envy your location. Whenever we're in Europe I try to run a few miles in each country. However, in Paris in July 2011, it was SO hot that walking was all I could manage.

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SARAWALKS 6/27/2013 3:34PM

    I definitely want to run there with you! I have no idea what a Galloway runner is. But I am getting to be a better runner (may it continue through the winter) and by next spring I should be able to handle at least some of this route! All these areas are ones I have not yet really explored. I'll be living in the area of the 15th just south of the Eiffel tower. previously I've made the 5th my home base so this will be really different for me! Can't wait! emoticon emoticon

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CANNIE50 6/26/2013 3:20PM

    I would consider it such a privilege to run with you, along this spectacular route. Until such time, I will make do with vicariously running with you. Keep running, keep blogging (please)!

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SEABREEZE65 6/24/2013 6:24AM

    Great market purchases and the park sounds beautiful.

Good job on the 11 miles. Amazing how quickly you have built up the distance.

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CELLISTA1 6/24/2013 12:53AM

    Your joy is palpable. Very happy for you!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/23/2013 7:59PM

    What a great run! Is the new area where they created the plage de Paris in years past? I always thought that was such a fun idea.

And fraises des bois........yum!

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NATPLUMMER 6/23/2013 7:36PM

    Such a beautiful run :-) You are lucky.

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MARGARITTM 6/23/2013 7:30PM

    Love the RAVE run!

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CODEMAULER 6/23/2013 4:28PM

    That work in the park looks like it will be amazing when complete!!

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LIZALOT 6/23/2013 2:05PM

    sounds really nice! wonder where they'll put the rabbit... i'll have to make the trek in and run it with you some time, but goodness knows when.
congrats on the very, very long run!!


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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/23/2013 1:20PM

    Much more scenic than my routes, that's for sure.

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MADAMES 6/23/2013 1:15PM

    Je ne peux guerre attendre le voir !

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