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The Romantic Locations of One Day

Posted June 23, 2011 to photo album "The Romantic Locations of One Day"

From Scotland to Northern France, One Day’s 20-year saga visits some stunning locations.

Edinburgh: Arthur's Seat
Paris: Café le Neamours
France: The Landscape of Brittany
France: Dinard
Paris: 11th Arrondissement
Paris: Canal St. Martin
London: Floridita / Metza
London: Hampstead Heath Lido
London: The Lady Chapel in Westminster Cathedral
London: Rio Cinema
Paris: Canal St. Martin

Paris: Canal St. Martin

In Paris, Emma catches up with Dexter by the Canal St. Martin, a waterway close to both her apartment and where her French boyfriend plays jazz. Again, the location is perfect for this couple. Romantic, but hardly cliché, the Canal St. Martin is a watery landscape that runs through the 10th arrondissement. Started in 1802, by decree of Napoleon, the canal was intended to bring fresh water to Paris’ growing population. It soon became a transport for food and wine as well. But the waterway’s graceful plane trees and iconic arched bridges also have made it one of the city’s most lovely spots. The Impressionist Alfred Sisley painted it in 1870, and it has appeared in a number of films, including Marcel Carné's 1934 Hôtel du Nord and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 Amélie. In 1960, President Georges Pompidou pushed to pave over the canal, but luckily the proposal failed. As such, Paris still has this romantic urban landscape.