Friday, March 20, 2009

Bateau Mouche


Yes, I know, it's a classic, but I know you like the bridges of Paris! This photo one is interesting because of the "Bateau Mouche", the flat boat you can see on the left passing under the bridge. You have to get on one of those if you come to Paris; it may be a little touristy, but, as you can see these boats have projectors on both sides, so that you can see the stunning buildings as you progress on the Seine. I recommend to take an evening "cruise" during a hot summer night.

39 comments:

  1. It's a charming scene. If ever in Paris I will definitely follow your recommendations!

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  2. That is just a gorgeous picture!! We do love the bridges and this picture is exceptional. I am reminded of the scene in "Charade" where Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant go for a dinner cruise on the Seine. I've always wanted to try it because of that. Now, with Eric's recommendation, it is a must! :)

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  3. GF, Lydia! What will you put on the crown tonight?

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  4. Very pretty and glowing. I especially love the "half-buried" mossy pointy-topped doodad on the river bank which matches the mossy pointy-topped doodads in the water. {Technical name would be gratefully appreciated.}

    Lovely reminder of Charade, Christie!

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  5. I remember taking a cruise on the Seine when I was 13..........sigh......beautiful photo Eric. Thanks for the memory ;)

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  6. Christie, since this is my first time GF I have no idea about the crown adornments. But after I read Shell Sherree's comment I think it may be appropriate to put a pointy-topped doodad of some sort on the crown! :) lots of fun

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  7. I agree with you, Eric. The first time I was in Paris, I rode one of the boats, and even though I thought it would be touristy, it was a great way to see the city.

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  8. Shell Sherree, I believe that the term would be "niche" for the area that is over the cutwater (if I understand your comment correctly).

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  9. Very nice, Eric. There is nothing quite like the bridge of Paris!

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  12. When I click on the photo to enlarge it, it really does bring back memories! The first times I went to Paris, I didn't ride on the boats, but I've done that later. I've usually been in the cooler (or cold) seasons, and this night photo reminds me of walks I took by the river at night, especially the part on the right showing the buildings in the light. I don't know why I didn't take night photos. Maybe my hands were cold! This is great. Sorry if I goofed up this post. I tried to delete and correct it.

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  13. LOL, Lydia ~ congratulations on your first GF!

    learnfrenchwiththebible ~ Thank you! I had to look up 'cutwater' and I have a feeling the mossy pointy-topped doodads to which I refer could be the cutwaters themselves {with niches higher above them}.

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  14. Very romantic!

    Reminds me of an old 60's movie with Cary Grant and the lovely Audrey Hepburn!

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  15. This is an excellent way to end my day and for you fine folk across the pond who are just waking, I'm sure you'll agree it's a "beautifully rendered classic shot." The colors of Paris at night! Oohlala! Hard to beat'em. Merci Eric. Bravo!

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  16. The Bateau Mouche is a fabulous experience, touristy though it is. Cruising under le Pont Alexander III is amazing, and le Musee d'Orsay at night is stunning. Do it. (Bring a bottle of wine with you secretly and discretely pour it into glasses!) The only thing missing was the girl.

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  17. Sounds like a great recommendation. If your photos are anything to go by, it must be wonderful seeing Paris at night!

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  18. What a wonderful photo, Eric! I loved the Bateau Mouche during the day. Next time I won't miss it at night.

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  19. I'm just a sucker for bridge photos, especially at night with the beautiful lights...

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  20. Congrats on the GF Lydia!
    Eric, touristy or not, I so want to do this!
    A great shot. Especially beautiful when enlarged too.

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  21. 'LOVE this photo! When I lived in the Ile de France for a year, several friends came to visit me, and I ALWAYS took them on a Bateau Mouche (or Bateau Parisien) ride ... It offers one of the best quick (i.e. covers a large area in a short time -- wonderful for visitors who only have a short time in the city), yet relaxing views of Paris. I never, ever tired of these boat rides. My favorite time to board one of these boats was about a half hour or so before sunset. That way, I saw Paris by daylight one way and by night on the return trip. As a bonus, I saw gorgeous sunset views. Ah ... Have I mentioned how much I miss Paris?

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  22. Eric, you charmer, you definitely know what we love. An evening cruise is a definite must! Squeals of glee....a stunning photo, Eric

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  23. C'est beau, c'est beau !
    I hope you had a great time in the red center.

    Y'avait-il autant de mouches à tourner autour de ta tête qu'il y a de "mouches" sur la Seine ? J'ai le souvenir d'avoir eu du mal à manger mon sandwich sans en avaler quelques-unes en même temps !

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  24. I'm such a tourist that I took the bateau tour twice, once in daylight and one at night.

    The night boat tour really feels like a dream. It's wonderful!

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  25. Gorgeous, Eric! Thanks.
    Congrats, Lydia.
    Used to do the same as Parisian Heart when I lived in Paris—no matter how many times I ride on the bateau mouche, I never ever tire of it. Sounds like no one else does either.
    Maybe a bateau mouche ride should be part of the PDP picnic—they're right there by the Pont Neuf, after all.

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  26. Ah, the memories Eric... with the number of Eifel towers and Notre Dames increasing in direct proportion to the turns of the boat and the number of glasses of wine served with dinner on board! :)

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  27. A prerequisite, though, would be "a hot summer night". We didn't have any of those last year.

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  28. love, love the photo. it agree - it is a must do in paris. some of my best photos were taken from the bateaux.

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  29. Eric, I'm beginning to think that you enjoy making me cry! Lovely photo. Lovely memory provocation.

    Like Monica, I've taken both the day and night cruises, and I highly recommend both. A sunny day cruise is pure serenity in the middle of the busy city. At night, being on the boat while the ET is sparkling is magical. I saw my first sparkle from the deck - while Edith crooned La Vie En Rose over the loudspeaker - and I have yet to recover.

    Great advice, Parisian Heart, to take a sunset cruise in order to experience both at once.

    One more thing for those who haven't done it yet - don't be surprised if you get mooned by a naughty Parisian on the quai! Ah, Paris...

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  30. You get the Bateau Mouche thrown in with the Fat Tire biking tour of Paris. They have a deal with the boat company that allows their bikers to be the only people allowed to drink wine(that the Fat Tire tour supplies for free).

    Caveat Emptor: While riding under the bridges, be aware of the rowdy goof balls that SPIT on the unaware!!!!

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  31. It was such fun yesterday having happy wishes about being GF. Alas.....today (Fri.) is just an ordinary day!

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  32. Hilda If your photos are anything to go by, it must be wonderful seeing Paris at night!

    Yes, yes, and YES!!! Definitely myst see Paris by Night. You know, they don't call her the City of Lights for nothing! ;)

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  33. Yes it is a must but try and find a time when a zillion high school students from wherever aren't on there talking on their cell phones instead of enjoying the cruise. Do I sound like a grump? Well yes I guess I do. I think when in Paris, enjoy every DAMN minute of it and hang up the phone!
    V

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  34. I enjoy your photos and your posts so very much! Thank you for each and every one. This one may be my most favorite of all. Luminous!!

    Wishing you all the best~
    Cindy

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  35. Beautiful Eric!
    Is it Pont Neuf?

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