Cruising the Seine on a Bateaux Mouches is a great Parisian classic. The monuments flow pass and you know you couldn’t be anywhere but the City of Light. But there is another waterway in Paris, a more charming waterway, rich with nostalgia. The Canal de l’Ourcq, stretches from the city’s northeastern corner to the suburbs beyond and Marin d’Eau Douce rents small boats, so adventurers can explore this urban countryside where industrial spaces, working locks, commercial barges sharing space with bike paths, kayakers and regional flora and fauna. Give a nod to swans, wave to the capitain and enjoy a gourmet picnic you can bring yourself or order with your boat reservation. The graffiti along the banks is a special treat, making the trip a tour of a living museum. A license is not required and the electric boats are for groups of 4 - 11.