People sitting along the Seine on the Ile-Saint Louis, Quai d'Orléans
Children and Teens,  Life in Paris & France,  Sightseeing

Iconic Paris Walk Along the Seine

People sitting along the Seine on the Ile-Saint Louis, Quai d'Orléans
Sitting along the Seine on the Ile-Saint Louis, Quai d’Orléans in October

Sometimes views only change with the seasons. I had to wonder how many times these same scenes have been photographed over the years. The scenes are iconic and never seem to be boring.

We went for a walk along the Seine yesterday between Gare d’Austerlitz and Cathrédale Notre-Dame de Paris. We enjoyed a salad for dinner on the Ile-Saint-Louis with the sun setting.

The boats and barges on the Seine in Paris are used for sightseeing, sunset cruises, dances, restaurants, shows, housing and special events. One boat where we used to go for magic shows is now a restaurant.

People were lined up at the Notre-Dame Batobus* stop. Were they all in line for the sunset cruise? Not all could be accommodated, and they waited for the next “bus”.

*The Batobus stops at nine locations: Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, St-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes/Cité de la Mode et du Design, Hôtel-de-ville, Louvre, Champs-Élysées and Beaugrenelle.  Hop on, hop off where you want, when you want, as often as you want, as long as it is valid! Passes are available for one or two days (consecutive) with unlimited travel.

Batobus Prices (2015: 16-19 euros, lower prices for holders of student cards or Imagine R, Navigo, Intégrale, Emeraude and Améthyste, and ‘large family card’)

Do you have children who read French?? There is a Treasure Hunt that lasts a half day. They solve seven riddles at four Batobus stops. Parents receive a treasure hunt booklet with puzzle answers and Paris anecdotes. Someday I may ask them if I can translate the hunt!

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Sitting along the Seine on the Ile-Saint Louis, Quai d'Orléans in October

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!