The Foundation took place during the nineteenth century.
The story of Chez Gégène begins well before the war of 14-18. It looks a bit like a big saga, punctuated by various events, sometimes tragic, often happy and smiling. At Gégène did not always carry this now famous name.
Before the war of 14, it is a barge, drawn on the bank which occupies the current location of the tavern. A certain "Rossignol" settles there and opens one of the many establishments which then mark the banks of the Marne. For the sake of originality that honors him, and, probably to avoid confusion, he will call his Guinguette "The barge". Curious character of the rest that this "Rossignol" ...
An easy walk and quite short (3h) on the banks of the Marne. No need to drive to the start you can directly from the station RER A Joinville-le-Pont there are signs in the station that indicate the exit to follow. On arrival you just have to reach the RER E station of Nogent Le Perreux to return to Paris. The theme of the ride is that of the guinguettes but in fact we will not find on the way, there are more, there are only restaurants with a terrace. On the other side you will see one of the last representatives of the Chez géguettes taverns. The ride is still nice even if you are in the heart of town is still very close to the edges of Marne
Walk on the banks of Marne
The Val-de-Marne offers privileged places near Paris to walk along the water, especially along the Marne or the Seine.
37 of the 47 municipalities of the department are bordered by a watercourse that make it as many opportunities for walks.
The many waterways offer the department an exceptional natural heritage conducive to the observation of fauna and flora but also to hiking or biking, outdoor recreation and water activities. Not to mention the famous dance halls!
At the heart of the department, the Marne (24 km) forms the famous Boucles de la Marne, place of recreation at the edge of the water from the nineteenth century.
The Marne has a meandering course typical of lowland rivers. It crosses the Val-de-Marne from Bry-sur-Marne and Perreux-sur-Marne (upstream) to Alfortville and Charenton-le-Pont (downstream) where the Marne flows into the Seine at confluence site, overlooked by the Chinagora Hotel.
The Marne has 25 islands, 3 of which are classified as a Departmental Nature Reserve. It includes the islands of the Drinking water in its downstream part and the two small islands of the Gords and Pissevinaigre. They can be seen from the Pont de Champigny and then along the banks of the Marne, in the Boucles de Saint-Maur. The islands of Gords and Pissevinaigre are completely natural and are characterized by a dense floristic richness and especially by the presence of rare plants. They are forbidden to the public, but it is possible to discover them by canoe, kayak, electric boat or during a cruise.