May 26, 2015
Anyone considering a trip to Paris should also plan on walking, a lot of walking. While they have an amazing Metro, bus and bike system, the best way to see the city is by foot. However, what should you do when you have worn your feet out and still want to see more? The answer is the Batobus Paris.
Started by the state in 1989 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, these river boats make continuous trip around the Seine with stops at 9 stations. The stops are Eiffel Tower, Musée d/Orsay, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Nortre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hotel de Ville, Louvre, Champs-Elysées and Beaugrenelle. As you can see each station serves a great tourist attraction. You can purchase a one or two day pass or an annual pass. Get on at any one of the stops and stay on as long or short a time as you like. Go sight see and then get back on to the next stop. During the summer the boats run every 20 minutes so it is very convenient. They are kept impeccably clean and all have curved ceilings and walls made of glass for optimum viewing. There is also an open air platform at the back of the boat if you prefer the breeze. It is an excellent way to see the city from the river while resting your tired feet. I took it today and started at the Eiffel Tower and just stayed on for its complete circle which took just under 2 hours (their website say 1h40). Every time I do, I am so happy to be on the water and watching the city go by. It is also a perfect way to view most of the city’s 35 bridges some of which date back hundreds of years. Below are highlight photos from my last sojourn. Enjoy.