We just came back from the all day Marne cruise. We departed our Bastille quay a little after 9:00 am, and returned at about 5:30 pm. Our party was us (an American couple) and our French friend. The cruise was well attended, mostly French, with some other European tourists included. We were the only Americans. There were plenty of chairs and room to roam about the boat. The extensive commentary, really a running monologue, was all in French and seemed to cover every aspect of French life and history. It would have been nice if there were some handouts in English to supplement the tour guides talk. If you take this cruise you will learn all you ever wanted to know about how river locks work. There were four of them as we motored up, first the Seine, and, then the Marne. At times we were dead in the water for an eternity waiting for our turn to enter the lock. The view from the boat was interesting. We entered the Seine and had a fine view of Notre Dame. Further east, industrial Paris was at the river bank. Turning left we passed an enormous Chinese complex - restaurant, hotel and Gallery at the confluence of the Marne and Seine. The scenery slowly turned from urban to more natural, with tidy homes, islands and boats to observe. This was the highlight of the cruise. There was ample time to eat at one of the remaining traditional river restaurants. The others said the food was mediocre. I had mussels and frites and had no complaints. All in all it was a nice day. Nothing to rave about, but, worthwhile. Not something to do if you are only in Paris for a few weeks or so (do take the Seine river cruise, most companies are fine) but, if in Paris for an extended stay, this all day cruise is not a bad way to spend a day.
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