Cruising Into the Sunset

A few days into our trip we took to the Parisian waters to see the sea-side of Paris…

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Having spent the first few days of our trip walking literally everywhere (we were averaging about 20km a day!) our legs were in desperate need of a break. We didn’t want to stop seeing and experiencing Paris though so we found a seat with a view…on the River Seine! We hopped aboard a massive sightseeing boat (thankfully fairly empty as the afternoon chill had set in) and set off to see Paris from the water.

We started just down from Pont Alexandre III (Alexander Bridge) and headed east.

 

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With a view across the river to the Eiffel Tower it’s no surprise that this is a key photo opportunity spot. But to get your own you’ll have to wait for a break in the photo shoots! This one was obviously more of a fashion shoot but every time we passed this spot (for the entire week) there was a bride or girl in a gown standing and smiling for the cameras.

But back to our time at sea…

 

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We passed the Place De La Concorde…

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Before winding our way along to The Louvre

 

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Taking in the sights…

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The Musée d’Orsay ^

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I love the details you see throughout the city in unexpected places like this bridge, which, if you look closer…

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…has some statues with very serious OPINIONS.

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After a leisurely cruise along the Seine we came alongside Notre Dame.

 

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I’m completely in love with the architecture of Notre Dame – I made it a mission to see it from every angle while we were there!

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Past the cathedral we looped around Ile St-Louis (the island connected to Ile de la Cite (Notre Dame’s home)) before heading back the way we came…wrapped up warm as the sun’s warmth started to wear off and things took a turn for the freezing!

 

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We saw the Louvre from a new angle before floating parallel to the Tuileries Gardens…

 

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…arriving back at the Place de La Concorde and then the Pont Alexandre III as well as the Grande and Petite Palais.

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As we approached the cruise’s starting point we worried it was going to skip the big event…but clearly we were being silly as we passed on by, ending up at our last—and most anticipated—view…the Eiffel Tower!

 

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With some time to spare before heading back Tour Montparnasse to take advantage of the ‘Night’ portion of our Day & Night tickets (details here) and watch the sun finish setting over the city we ventured into the 2nd arrondissement in search of burgers. We found ourselves at Blend (44 rue d’Argout), which had come highly recommended. With a totally relaxed atmosphere, amazingly friendly staff and truly delicious burgers it was a culinary treat and just the thing to buoy us up for a late night!

 

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Just look at that delicious melted camambert ^ It makes me salivate just remembering!

Thoroughly stuffed we wandered down the road to the Metro and headed to Montparnasse to see the view. If you’d like to see it too make sure to pop over to Monday’s blog here!

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