Boating down La Seine

France, Paris

La Seine river, running through the heart of Paris. One of my favorite parts of my trip to France and Spain


Summer 2012

Price: about 12-14 Euros
Our ferry

Our ferry

Right alongside Font Mágica, the Eiffel tower, and the Carcassonne Torture Museum, my boat ride down La Seine in Paris was in my top five moments during my France and Spain trip with A.C.I.S.

Boat on La Seine river in Paris, France

Boat on La Seine river in Paris, France

This, along with anything we did in our few hours of freetime, was the only part of the vacation that was not pre-planned or part of the fee for the trip. We had the option of buying a ticket or staying on shore being party-poopers. For my friends and I, this was not debateable. We went down to the edge of the river and lined up near a stone wall with comical sculpted heads looking down.

Stone heads above the river

Stone heads above the river

Parisian stone head

Parisian stone head

Eventually, we boarded the boat. It had many chairs on it’s deck, but most of us went right to the edge at the front.

Parisian sunset

Parisian sunset

We went at sunset, and the sky was beautiful.

The view from our ferry

The view from our ferry

Soft pinks, yellows, and purples painted the sky in ombre hues, and navy blue clouds splashed across the canvas.

First looking down on La Siene and the Eiffel tower

First looking down on La Siene and the Eiffel tower

The river is crossed with hundreds of marvelous bridges, each one architecturally unique. From one of those bridges, we first saw the Eiffel tower as it lit up with a dazzling explosion of sparkling, flashing lights.

La Siene view

La Siene view

We glided across the water, excitedly moving from one deck to the other. People on bridges and people sitting by the side of the river lit up with smiles as we enthusiastically waved at them. Some local 20-somethings drinking beer by the waterside even smiled and waved in our direction. I distinctly remember one young couple, clearly tourists, who waved to us for a long while. The woman had a heart-shaped face and put her arms up in a huge representation of a heart. We began to return the gesture, and her male counterpart immediately returned our gesture, without realizing it was the person next to him had started it. We “Wooh!”‘d and laughed and tried to get the attention of as many people we passed as we could.

Under bridges

Under bridges

Clock seen from La Seine

Clock seen from La Seine

We took a lot of pictures, but the majority of the ride was spent just looking at the city and waving at people.

Sunset over Paris

Sunset over Paris

The famous bridge, Pont Alexandre III, from La Seine

The famous bridge, Pont Alexandre III, from La Seine

Near the beginning of our trip, we also saw the Eiffel tower in all it’s daytime glory.

Eiffel tower from La Siene

Eiffel tower from La Siene

The Eiffel tower is the most beautiful structure I have yet to see. Pictures just don’t do it justice. The fact that it’s so iconic is barely a factor in the amounts of awe that I felt glancing up at it. I had a blast on the boat, and loved feeling the Parisian wind coming up from the cool water.

Parisian river ride

Parisian river ride

Seeing Paris from La Seine was a perfect way to see many landmarks in a tiny amount of time, and it was very, very fun. A must-do to add to your bucket list!

French sky

French sky

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