Bassin de l'Arsenal (also known as the Port de l’Arsenal) is on the Canal Saint Martin in the heart of Paris. From the 16th century until the 19th, an arsenal existed at this location, hence the name of the basin and the name of the neighborhood. Located in the Bastille quarter (and only footsteps from the monument), the Arsenal port has around 170 berths and can accommodate boats up to 25 meters long.
The the port marina is characterised by high, angled stone walls that rise to street level and enable bypassers to peer over and enjoy looking at the variety of boats moored below. The rough walls offer an ever changing canvas of boats, bicycles, clothes, iron chain and rings, signage, and all kinds of equipment and infrastructure - marina owned and otherwise. And of course, the wall ledges are also a resting place for dozens of pigeons.
There is a long history to the marina that begins during the French Revolution. Separated from the Seine by a lock gate, the port was converted into a leisure port in 1983.
These images were all shot on the same day.