While in the heart of Paris, this time, Mark came up with the idea to do a Seine River Tour.
It was pretty warm in Paris while we were there and both the girls were really struggling with walking around the city. Both Mark and I were struggling with the ‘How long are we going to walk for?’, ‘I am hot’, ‘Where is the drink?’, Can’t we just go back to the hotel so I can play Minecraft’? being constantly thrown at us as we made our way around! For some reason, it can get really warm in the heart of Paris very quickly. I find the heat is a different type there and I am not sure why. I feel it radiated off the footpath and off the buildings and makes it boiling! It still doesn’t make me love it any less, though!
We had started our day at Notre Dame when we came across the information board about the river cruise. The fact that the BATOBUS cruise was a hop on hop off service suited us well. BATOBUS stops at 8 locations along the Scene River giving you access to the most popular sights in the heart of Paris. The boat stops at The Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes/Cité de la Mode et du Design, Hôtel de Ville, The Louvre, Champs-Elysées and Beaugrenelle. Would a boat trip be good in Paris with kids
Batosbus takes in all the sights in the heart of Paris
We went down the stairs to the riverside and saw the type of boat we would go on. Instantly being that close to the water it cooled down a fair bit so the girls started begging to go on the boat. It would take us to all the places that we wanted to go and it was a type of transport we had not used in Paris before. Mark went in to buy the tickets and then we waited for the boat!
While we waited there was a little vending machine in the ticket office I bought some special treats for the girls and a cold drink just in case there was none were available on the boat. There was a toilet in the office but none on the boat itself. So I herded the girls into the toilet before we got on. We didn’t have to wait long for the boat to come to collect us. There is a boat every 25 minutes during the low season and every 15 to 20 minutes during the high season Plenty of people got off at our stop and we had no problems getting a seat altogether. The girls loved watching Notre Dame slowly glide past us as we set off from the dock. The boat was very spacious and you would have no trouble getting a pram onto the boat but I am unsure what the rules and regulations would be to have it on there. You could sit at the front of the boat in the open air but when we boarded all the seats were taken. We sat in the enclosed section of the boat which was all glass so it was warm in when the boat was stationary. Once the boat started moving down the river the breeze it made was so refreshing.
You could see so much of the city from the boat and views we had not seen before. The camera got a real work out while we cruised around! We got off at The Louvre stop and walked up the Champs Elysee to the Arc Triomphe. We caught the metro a few stations to the Trocadero metro stop. If you get off here it provides you with one of the top views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from above it. We strolled downhill over the bridge and gazed up at this amazing iconic structure that is synonymous with all things Paris
While we waited for our boat to come back, the girls had the chance on sit on the edge of the Seine and dip their feet into the river so they could cool down. Watching them sit and eat an apple on the banks of the River in my favourite city was a real treat! It was a memory I am unlikely to forget.
This is one of Mark’s favourite picture’s of the girls and I! We absolutely love this city and everything about it! Unfortunately it is not on our list of places this time but I can guarantee we will get back there! Until then I will just have to look at all the pictures we have and reminisce ❤❤ . . . . #eiffeltower #paris #iloveparis #loves_paris #parismonarmour #hello_france #visitlafrance #seemyparis #explore #exploremore #sharetravelpics #travellovers #lovetotravel #mypassport #globetrotters #welivetoexplore #travelwithkids #kidstravel #familytravel #lifeisanadventure #wonderfulplaces #beyondamazing #openmyworld #wonderfulworld #travellingwithkids #travelandlife #bestdestinations #lovetotravel #beautifuldestination
What will all day cruising the heart of Paris cost you
Prices for BATOBUS
BATOBUS PASSES Passes are valid for one day or several consecutive days:
• 1 day: €16 (€7 for children less than 16 years old, Privilege rate, €10(1))
• 2 days: €18 (€9 for children less than 16 years old, Privilege rate, €12(1))
• Annual(2): €60 (€38 for children less than 16 years old)
“PARIS À LA CARTE” PASSES “Paris à la Carte” passes can be used at the 8 Batobus stops and on OpenTour buses with their 50 stops (4 circuits)
:• 2-Day Pass: €45 (€20 for children less than 12 years old)
• 3-Day Pass: €49 (€20 for children less than 12 years old)
We spent the whole day getting on and off the boat at different stops around the city. From exploring museum’s to monuments to iconic Parisian neighbourhoods. Batobus was great for family travel moving along through the heart of Paris. The kids loved it, we loved it,
Next up for us Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Iceland, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. November 2016 - January 2017
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