Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Paris night-boat ride

Sometime back, I wrote a post: Paris – the Tourists’ Lover. At that time I had not seen Paris and the post was based on my imagination of Paris as I had seen in movies and TV. I never knew at that time that one day I shall be part of those lucky tourists who would be walking in and enjoying the love of one of the loveliest cities of the world – Paris.

Now having seen Paris, I am part of Paris’ love having walked through its streets, seen the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and walked on the famous fashion street – the Champs-Élysées .  I have already shared details and photos of my visit to these three places, right on the first day. Having visited the Champs-Élysées , we rushed back to the Eiffel Tower to catch the very last boat to have round of Paris in River Seine to see the Paris’ illuminated building. 

Herein under are some of the many photos I took while enjoying the Paris boat ride. And do not forget to see at the end of this post  a small video clip I shot.

Pont (Bridge) Alexandre III  with its black sculptures- running from the Hotel des Invalides across the river to the Grand Palais, Petit Palais and Champs Elysées. It is the most decorated bridge over the river. It was built in 1900 in ornate Art Nouveau style and named after Alexander III of Russia who laid the foundation stone.
 Grand Palais, a building created for the universal exposition of 1900, located near Pont Alexandre III

Bourbon Palace (Parliament Building)
 Museum D'Orsay, houses art from 1848-1914, formerly a railway station

An evening walk in the evening boat
 The dome of Institut de France, faces the Louvre museum with the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge stretching between the two
 Pont Neuf (Neuft Bridge)

 Passing by the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral

Then it was the time to turn back and now we eagerly looked for the Eiffel Tower for it looks majestic at night.

Conciergerie, originally home to the caretaker and guards of the Palais de Justice. It was later made to hold prisoners at end of the 14th century. Marie-Antoinette was also held a prisoner here. After 914, it was made a which still displays its prison walls, guillotine, and sculptures of famous prisoners

 Pont Alexandre III bridge - also gives out first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower

 Finally the Eiffel Tower comes in full view in its full bloom of illuminations
 My children and wife with Eiffel Tower in the background (above-below)

Spectacular view of Eiffel Tower from the boat, just before disembarking

 I too am finally photographed sitting with my wife

With my family posing at the exit of the boat with Eiffel Tower in the background

I forgot to make a video of the Amsterdam Canal Boat-ride - but remembered to make one here. You may now a video clip of our boat ride that I have shared at YouTube:

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