Taking flight from the end of rue des Envierges, on the high terrace of Belleville Park, above Maison de l’Air, you fly over four-storey Chinese restaurants, city gardens and a schoolboy’s huge blackboard on which Ben has written that we shouldn’t trust in words.
Next stop, the Canal Saint-Martin, where a blue barge passes through a green lock – it’s a lengthy process. On the Ourcq, a rowing boat races a kayak, and a graffiti-covered van overtakes them on the quay. Call in at the CENTQUATRE, rue d’Aubervilliers, for a novel cultural adventure. Next stop, a 3,000 sq.m. bamboo plantation, surrounded with lawned areas – you are in the Parc de la Villette. Zigzagging your way through the Jardin des Voltiges then the Jardin des Dunes and Vents, you’ll find pedal-driven windmills, weather vanes, kites … before you reach an enormous ball that reflects the clouds – the Géode ! La Géode closes its doors for two years from November 30, 2018, for renovation work.
A spatial odyssey on a giant screen – it definitely gives you an appetite. Choose your menu: Mafé in place Sainte-Marthe and a Technicolor film? A slam session, soup and kebabs at 'Ménilmuche'? Curry, capoiera dances and ragga hip hop performances? Chilli with bird’s beak pepper and a theatre bar? Tagine and a pop-electro concerto?!