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This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
While a lot of the really touristy things in Paris are entirely skippable, here are some that you really should do. One of them is taking a boat ride on the Seine. It’s a great way to get off your feet for a while, and it also gives you a different perspective on the city. There are boats that just do a circuit from roughly the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame and back, and there also are boats where you sit down for lunch or dinner; we’ve done both. These photos are from a dinner cruise, arranged by our Parisian friend, as we never would have thought of it ourselves.
Here’s the entrance to the boat slip. You take steps down the wall that surrounds the river. (They’re pretty tall – the river is a good 15 feet or more below street level, as you’ll see from later photos.)
You’re on the river, so you go under all the bridges. And it turns out that a lot of them are nicer at river level than at street level. When you think about it, it makes sense, since there always has been a lot of traffic on the water.
Approaching Le Tour Eiffel. It’s like all the landmarks are drifting by you as you go. (Of course, it’s really the opposite.)
You may not have known that there’s a carousel at the Eiffel Tower, but you definitely can see it from the river.
Another bridge, this one with some sculpture on the piers.
In nice weather, and if the river isn’t too high (rare, but it does happen), there always are people hanging out along the banks. A lot of them are just sitting and enjoying themselves, but there are some runners, and there’s some exercise equipment along one section as well.
This is the Institut de France, where the French cultural academies are headquartered. It’s just west of the Ile de la Cite, where Ste. Chappelle and Notre Dame are located.
More people hanging out. This is the very tip of the Ile de la Cite.
I liked the alternating towers and straight facades here.
And, just before we turned back to return to the quay, a very modern structure, really unlike anything else along the river. This is the City of Fashion and Design.