It is the favoured spot by Parisians for after-work drinks and weekend apéritif parties.
With its paved banks and 19th century locks, the Canal Saint-Martin resembles a scene from "Amélie;" and quite rightly so since it is where the 2001 movie was shot.
But if you happen to meet a resident of this neighborhood, do not mention any of that. Even though Parisians are well-known for their exceptional sense of civility, this time it is actually hard to blame them for being less than their usual courteous selves.
Take a moment to look at the following picture.
Almost every morning during the summer months, the dreamy romantic canal becomes a place of disgust where empty wine bottles, chip bags and other refuse floats.
For many years, citizen groups have formed to point out the issue to their mayor's office without success. So what do you do when your problem isn't being taken seriously? Use the internet.
A Tumblr account called “Welcome to Canal St Martin” was published so residents could share these post-aperitif hangover images and show the world how serious the problem is.
Marion, 32, started the website after moving to the neighborhood last year.
“It smells so bad the morning after that it makes you want to vomit,” she said to justify her project.
Simply admire how romantic drinks along the canal can turn a place into a pile of trash overnight.
The following caption reads: "Some people still don't believe us when we tell them what's happening here every morning." Here is a proof.
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