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Cruising the Seine– A Perfect Paris Evening

Hi everyone!  We are in the middle of our summertime extravaganza of guests and travel, and things are a little crazy at my house right now.  But I wanted to share some photos of the most fun thing we did in Paris two weeks ago– a picnic and cruise along the Seine River at sunset.

We made plans to get together with our friend Pierre, whom we had met the last time we were in Paris, and he suggested meeting for a picnic dinner at the Square du Vert Galant.  He offered to book a cruise for us all to enjoy at sunset, and it was the perfect plan.  After a very long day of travel (we drove from Bury St. Edmunds to Paris!) we were so tired, but this was a wonderful and relaxing way to enjoy our first evening there.

It was the warmest day of the year thus far in Paris, and tout le monde was out enjoying it.  What fun to be part of this scene!  We picked up a grocery store picnic, and Pierre met us with wine and little gifts for Amelia.

At about 10 p.m., we packed up the remains of our dinner, and made our way onto the boat.

We had taken one of these boat tours once before, but the weather was cold and we had been on the inside.  Standing outside on a balmy summer evening, watching the sun set behind famous Parisian architecture was… sublime.
Thank you, Pierre!

Something fun: there are so many bridges to go under along the Seine, and everyone hollers and whoops each time!

Notre Dame…

I loved seeing everyone out, partying.

Outside the Louvre…

The clock face of Museé d’Orsay…

Love locks and two sassy ladies on the Pont d’Art…


Et voila!

The Eiffel Tower!

What fun to see these sights just hours after arriving…

The cruise seemed short, but it was actually an hour long.

If you have the chance, I highly recommend seeing Paris at sunset along the Seine. Bonus points if you can do it with a few people you love, a picnic and a super-thoughtful Parisian friend!

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7 Responses to Cruising the Seine– A Perfect Paris Evening

  1. Great Aunt Gretchen July 22, 2013 at 4:55 am #

    Did it really start at 10pm??
    LOVE your amazing shots of the Eiffel Tower!!!

    • Ariana Mullins July 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

      Yes, we did! That’s when the sun sets in our corner of the world right now!

  2. Hazel July 22, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    Looks lovely. I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Paris- I got engaged at the Sacre Coeur :)

  3. SJ Begonja July 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    Isn’t is an adjustment when things start so late? All that fooooooood. I’ll be sure to knock on your door when I am in next in your neigbourhood.

  4. Anonymous July 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    I can only dream and wish our life was like this.

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