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Houseboat on the Seine
Studio 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom. Rent a houseboat in Paris and see the city of lights from the Seine You would like to make a magical journey of your stay in Paris? Recently listed properties for you.
Book your ready-to-live-in houseboat directly online All our houseboats are furnished and ready-to-live-in: you will have household laundry and kitchen utensils at your disposal. Paris Attitude Services. An assistance during all your stay A concierge service for all the occupants. View my selection. That was one of the lovable things about it. In a city where everyone puts the best face possible on everything, and buildings go to great trouble to copper their roofs and bas-relief their sides, barges take few pains about their exteriors.
Houseboats are required to go to dry dock once every 10 years, but the maintenance is strictly utilitarian. Ours was black and green, and while it wasn't covered with the generators and bicycles that mark the more demotic barges, it didn't have evergreen hedges or rush-mat screening for topside privacy, as some of the more upscale barges do.
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To signal the boarding point, and by way of welcome, there was one pink rosebush at the side of a wide planter, suggesting that a twin had died and not been replaced. There was no gangplank. Carrying our suitcases, we crossed the gap between the cobblestone quay and the steel deck of the boat, about the width of the truck tire that served as a fender.
Inside, we were in another world, wood-paneled, high-ceilinged and modestly elegant, with leather chairs and love seat, Oriental carpets, a ceiling fan and swinging light fixtures.
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The total space was about square feet, with a kitchen and bedroom carved out at one end and a bathroom at the other. The effect was spacious. The portholes on the starboard side faced the stones of the quay. But the 10 portholes on the other side framed circular vignettes of the Seine from just above the waterline: the Beaux-Arts architecture of Passy across the river, the elegant Bir Hakeim Bridge -- named Bir Hakeim to honor a fierce battle, in North Africa, between de Gaulle's Free French and Rommel's tank corps -- a steady stream of river traffic, from frivolous tourist boats to serious, working barges coming up the river from Honfleur and Rouen.
Either below, through a porthole, or on deck, sitting with a glass of wine and a hunk of saucisson sec at the end of the day, I was mesmerized by the passing life of the river. I could not get enough of it. Bateaux-Mouches, the gleaming grandes dames of the sightseeing boats, came downriver and rounded the point of the Allee des Cygnes, a man-made island, where a small version of the Statue of Liberty at the tip greets the few who arrive in Paris by water.
Then the Bateaux-Mouches passed us again heading back to their home port at the Pont de l'Alma. The smaller, more agile Vedettes de Paris went by, as did a couple of Mississippi-style paddle-wheel absurdities. The night we arrived, Saturday, is a particularly busy night for the tourist boats: many people dine while cruising up and down, viewing the city in the deliquescing light and then by gorgeous halogen floodlights.
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Looking at them, looked at, we became one of the glamorous set pieces of the city of light -- people on peniches. Waiters waved. Even an occasional chef, standing outside at the stern having a cigarette, nodded hello. Hardly five minutes goes by without something passing on the river, a low-slung working barge being pushed by a tugboat, a houseboat out for a ride, the police cowboying along in motorboats, the occasional yacht.
At the same time, the cheerful, ungraffitied Metro trains cross the river to Passy over the bridge nearby. We watched them going back and forth, in front and behind each other, their tops all aqua, their bottoms all white, like choreographed lines of identically dressed Rockettes. We watched pedestrians on the bridge and the quays. Once, on a warm evening, as we were sitting on deck with friends, someone jumped in the river and climbed out up the anchor line of a barge. This is probably illegal and definitely unwise although the Seine is not the instantly lethal brew it has been , yet it seemed somehow festive.
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We had an incredible time staying here and would highly recommend it to others. Plenty of space, incredible views, nicely decorated and adds an experience to your Paris vacation that few other places can offer. The first thing you notice when you get on the boat is the magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. There is nothing better than having a glass of wine and watching the boats go by and seeing everything all lit up.
The location is ideal We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The location is in a nice neighborhood with a 10 minute walk to the metro and a 2 minute walk to a bus stop. The bus goes all the way up the Seine, making it easy to reach several tourist sites. The downstairs area has a musty smell--maybe… Read more. They also have 2 windows that can be opened! Hosted by Jean-Jacques. We are Jean-Jacques and Dominique.
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