Paris and the Bateaux Parisiens!!!

Here is another goodie from the vault and even personal. When I first came to France in 1990 to see my girlfriend and later wife (same year lol!) , she took me on a romantic ride on the Seine river with the Bateaux Parisiens cruise. It became our home on the Seine, took it several times more into married life and with the boys and parents.


My dear late wife Martine and dear late Mom Gladys on the BP!

Even if now too many trips and memories to last a lifetime, each time I go to my world head office nearby I stop by and see it, photos do not matter anymore but just see it and relieves wonderful times. Maybe next time should take more photos….

As for now let me tell you about this wonderful Paris landmark, the Bateaux Parisiens.

The Bateaux Parisiens is a service mark of Bateau-mouche , these boats existed in the 19C to designate boats that had only a utilitarian purpose, and were only used to transport goods and possibly passengers from one place to another on various rivers and canals ,not to be confused with the other officially ride name the bateaux mouches. The Bateaux Parisiens are located at the Port de la Bourdonnais, by the foot of the tour Eiffel in the 7éme arrondissement or district of Paris. You can get here when in the area best by foot as we do after parking or by metro lines 6 and 9 Trocadero or 6 Bir-Hakeim as well as RER C Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel or bus lines 92 closes stop Bosquet-Rapp , or line 82 stop tour Eiffel (my stop is champ de mars-Suffren ::) or line 42 at my stop Champ de Mars-Suffren short walk or tour Eiffel.

paris ave de new york to bateaux parisiens nov17

In 1956, the Bateaux Parisiens company was created in Paris and in 1987, the Sodexo company bought the Bateaux Parisiens. The fleet was made up of 8 sightseeing boats and 5 dining boats. Each boat dedicated to the promenade bears the name of a celebrity. The boats dedicated to catering cruises have other names.

Boarding is at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on the Quai de la Bourdonnais. During the cruise, it is possible to see the following monuments: the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Assamblée Nationale, Orsay Museum, Institut de France, Notre-Dame Cathedral , Hôtel de Ville, Conciergerie, Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Grand Palais, Arc de Triomphe, and the Palais de Chaillot. The catering cruise also allows you to see the   Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Statue of Liberty.

This is a wonderful family outing. Very welcoming and friendly team. The comments are done by audible telephones connected to each seat and are interesting and accessible from 8-10 years old. Songs and music about Paris, well chosen, decorate the cruise in a romantic and friendly atmosphere. The banks of the Seine are very beautiful, and admiring them from a boat is as original as it is pleasant. Even the Parisians are surprised to discover unknown facades of monuments they know well. To be redone in winter for another light and less leafy trees. The cruise lasts a good hour. There is a car park at the pier, count 5 euros for the duration of the cruise. If full, there is a bigger one at 25 Quai Branly-Tour Eiffel for 8.40 euros (museum) Remember to book and print your tickets in advance on the site, they serve as a skip-the-line for the entire first queue. Plan a little waiting before boarding anyway.

The official Bateaux Parisiens

The owners Sodexo has a page on them here:

The Paris tourist office on the Bateaux Parisiens in English:

You have a wonderful day in Paris taking a ride with the Bateaux Parisiens, there are others but this one is for the nostalgia,memories, good times ,family time always the BP!!! Hope you enjoy the post as I did writing it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, andn many cheers to all!!!

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