A cruise on the Seine is one of the best ways to see Paris, no matter what the weather—the boats have a heated indoor area and an open-air upper level. Choose your cruise: On lunch excursions, an accordionist plays old French songs as the scenery scrolls by; at dinner, you get a piano-and-violin duo and the romance of city lights. Tables on restaurant boats are arranged so everyone gets a view.
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Going in Seine in Paris
Bateaux Mouches boat rides introduce visitors to Paris as they cruise from west to east, highlighting the city’s monuments. Celebrated green boxes of the “Bouquinistes” used book dealers line the quais above, while on the banks below fishermen cast their lines and couples linger. From the Musée d’Orsay to the Musée du Quai Branly, the Berges de la Seine open space features water gardens, cafés and cultural activities. To the east, the Outdoor Sculpture Museum transforms into a dance hall on warm summer nights with areas for tango, salsa and folk dancing. Flowing from the Seine, the Canal St Martin is lined with popular cafés that overlook picture perfect bridges and working locks in a vibrant quartier that evokes the Paris of Edith Piaf.