Canal St Martin, Paris on the Seine

When you repeat something you have done before then it must go on the list of favourite things to do in Paris. Two years ago we took this cruise from the Bastille along the Seine and again last Sunday we enjoyed the chance to sit back in the sunshine and take in the surroundings either side of the canal. We were lucky to sit right up the front in the outside section of the boat so apart from some spray when the locks open and close we were comfortable and able to take pictures of the scenery.

This time there were projections on the history of Paris on the walls in the first long underground canal.

The bridges across the canal in the 10th arrondisement are always packed with people watching the locks open and close.

We chose the afternoon departure from Bastille and the sun was out. There are reverse departure points. But please note that in the summer cruises are more frequent and in October you must make a booking. Some people just turned up and managed a seat but latecomers did not.

We booked by telephoning then purchased our tickets online in our apartment as they advertise they were cheaper that way.

Famous melodramatic movie made in the 30’s shot here at Hotel Du Nord to the right.

Our friend Mary Anne turned up during the week when it was not so warm and found it easy to get on and an even cheaper ticket as a ‘pensioner’. We enjoyed the chance to sit back and relax as you spend so much time walking in this city but Mary Anne found it too long for her and did not enjoy the time it takes to fill the locks. We have been in Paris for some time and her visit is limited to a few days so that has to be taken into consideration.

Canauxrama Tel 01 42 39 15 00 to reserve – website

  1. #1 by Debra Kolkka on October 14, 2010 - 7:22 am

    How absolutely wonderful!! I have to do it.

  2. #2 by mary D on October 14, 2010 - 7:39 am

    Oh Roz, I’m there with you.!
    We’ve done exactly this trip, except it as winter and bitterly cold. We still sat outside though. We saw a movie being made along the way. Fascinating isn’t it…

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