( The Lady of Liberty in Paris, located in the Ile des Cygnes (Swan Island), an artificial island in the river Seine. Just one of the two statues of liberty located in Paris, it is a smaller replica facing west towards its older, gigantic sister in Ellis Island, New York, USA. There is a third replica located in the town of Colmar, in the Alsace region, the birthplace of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, designer of the original giant Statue of Liberty in the USA.)
Since the first day we set foot in Paris, I was always tempted to view the city via the river Seine by boarding one of those boats during daytime. But I didn’t because of the searing heat and I had a special plan to spend our last evening in Paris on one of those special Bateaux Mouches river boat tours with dinner and sightseeing that starts before sunset. And true enough, that is is exactly what we did.
After visiting the Marais district during our last day in Paris last June 2015, my daughter and I took the metro or subway towards the Louvre area where we walked to the assigned meeting place in the Seine river banks where our boat, Marina de Paris was docked. These tour boats can get really full very fast so I had booked this special evening boat tour with dinner and sightseeing while I was still in the Philippines. I wanted to thank my daughter for being such an awesome, patient and proactive traveling companion that I felt I needed to show her my appreciation with this very romantic dinner tour before flying to Florence, Italy the next day.
We arrived at the dock and sat down on the banks of the river Seine to rest our tired feet from exploring the Marais district earlier. We sat among other guests and tourists, dangled our legs over the river bank of the Seine and chatted about the days activity, people-watched as joggers and bikers passed by to burn some calories, and watched the sunset colors fade from bright orange to subdued mix of reds, blues and lavenders. Our boat was just docked nearby in front of us and we could see that the crew and staff were very busy preparing to welcome us for the sightseeing and special dinner. It was like watching a movie through the glass windows and we knew that pretty soon they will eventually allow us in and seat us at our pre-assigned seats.
This was both a dinner and sight-seeing tour of Paris via the river Seine at dusk. Our boat boarded on time with enough daylight to appreciate the many landmarks as viewed from our premier seats overlooking the window. Our boat departed from its dock very near the Musee d’ Orsay station built in 1900 for the Exposition Universelle.
These are the landmarks we saw during the sightseeing as shown in our brochure.
In the meantime, the bubblies were opened by our waiter to enjoy the sites with a glass of rose wine as an aperitif. We opted to enjoy our champagne during the dinner
Along the way, we saw some really interesting sceneries and places of interest in the river Seine. Normally you see these places in the morning but these places are not as attractive as during night time when the lights are all aglow.
As we continued our slow crawl along the river Seine, The Pont des Invalides bridge caught my attention with its beautiful, detailed sculptures of an angel at the centre. As we passed beneath this bridge, I could clearly examine the expression on the angel’s face. It was almost evening when we went through this bridge so the lampposts on the bridge were already lighted lending a warm, magical glow to the sculptures.
Another beautiful bridge was the Pont Alexandre III. It was already very attractive to look at during daytime, but it simply looked more luxurious and rich during night time as golden lights were lighted to bathe this bridge with a golden halo around its posts. The tall pillars were topped with large gilded statues making you wonder if golden, magical beings have come down from heaven to be among us.
As we enjoyed the sight-seeing, a generous assortment of appetizer was served.
After the appetizer, my main course of choice followed.
The Bateaux Mouches glided through the river Seine nearing the finale of our evening… to see the Eiffel Tower lighting up in its full glory, twinkling and sparkling like yellow diamonds against the dark sky.
This is how it looks when the Eiffel Tower sparkles…
After exploring beautiful Paris and some of its neighbouring town and cities around it for the past few days, this was the perfect way to cap and enjoy my last evening in this gorgeous city. And what could be better than spending it with a loved one in one of the most romantic cities in the world