|Winter in the square des Batignolles|
Start: Saint-Michel sur Orge
Finish: Athis Mons
Bail-out options: Epinay-sur-Orge, Juvisy
Terrain: mainly flat on good paths following the river; one steepish but short climb at Juvisy
This week's walk follows the river Orge (Promenade de l'Orge) from St. Michel to its bitter end at Athis Mons where it joins up with the Seine. Along the way we shall make a detour at Viry-Châtillon to see the world's first airport inaugurated in 1909. All that remains today is the original terminal building which, sadly, is in a state of bad repair but from this building there is a straight line to the vast, sophisticated airports we have today. Incredibly, all this has happened in just a hundred years!
Weather-wise come prepare for cold and possibly some showers. Hopefully the snow will have melted but it will probably be quite wet underfoot. Please also pack your good humour, conversation and patience! Look forward to seeing you.
9.32 depart Gare d'Austerlitz RER C (direction St. Martin d'Etampes)
10.00 arrive at Saint Michel sur Orge (zone 5).
I suggest we meet at the last carriage.
Epinay sur Orge (zone 4) — Gare d'Austerlitz: every '05, '20, '35, 50 mins
Juvisy (zone 4) — Gare d'Austerlitz: every 10 mins.
Athis Mons (zone 4) — Gare d'Austerlitz: every '04, '19, '34, '49 mins.
Tickets: I recommend buying 2 one-way tickets as this is cheaper than a 5-zone Mobilis.
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