Hmm, we are heading the opposite way!? Whatever! Little did the direction of the ride matter, it was more about enjoying the last tour of the school year and exchanging farewells with all the fellow mums I had met over the past two years in Paris. Yes, many are leaving after only 24 months in the city of lights. I am quite surprised to experience the enormous turnover of Expats first-hand.
While we were chatting away and snapping our souvenir photos we rode down the river Seine to join the heart of Paris, the Ile de Saint Louis and its splendid private mansions. We then admired the majestic monuments: the Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum, the France Institute, the Orsay Museum, the Eiffel Tower, the Chaillot Palace. We made it all the way to the "Mini" Statue of Liberty and then sailed back to the Arsenal Marina.
None of us really saw anything new along the banks of the Seine and we are still curious to cruise up the canal St.Martin but feeling the sun tickle our skin after months and months of atrocious weather was all that really mattered today.
Pont des Arts - the Love Lock bridge
Pont Alexandre III
Cathedral de Notre Dame
"Miniature" replica of the Statue of Liberty
Ile de St.Louis
Statue of Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris at Pont de la Tournelle
Romantic encounter under the bridge of Sully
Les Docks - Cité de la mode et du design
Le Batofar - Paris' trendy nightclub on a lighthouse boat
near Gare d'Austerlitz
Canal Lock leading into the marina