Pleasure Boats in Port de Plaisance, near the Bastille, Paris

Pleasure Boats in Port de Plaisance, looking towards Place de la Bastille

Pleasure Boats in Port de Plaisance, looking towards Place de la Bastille

Paris, late October

In my previous post I wrote about Canal St.-Martin, which connects the Seine River to Bassin de la Villette in northeastern Paris. We wanted to see where the canal starts at the Seine, and today walked along the Port de Plaisance de Paris-Arsenal, near the Bastille.

We were aware of houseboats on the Seine, but until we saw Port de Plaisance, we didn’t realise how many pleasure boats are able to moor here, or how close it is to central Paris and Place de la Bastille. The port was used by commercial barges until 1983, when it was inaugurated as a harbour for yachts and other pleasure craft.

From Bastille métro, you can walk south along cobblestone footpaths right next to the boats, then when you reach the bottom near the Seine, cross a metal footbridge and walk back up the other side. It’s amazing how many boats are moored here. In the photo at the top of this post, you can see the water tunnel going underground that emerges farther north at Canal St.-Martin.

On a warm autumn day, small groups of people sat on the decks of their boats, enjoying Paris and the sunshine. .

Port de Plaisance de Paris-Arsenal, looking towards the Bastille

Port de Plaisance de Paris-Arsenal, looking towards the Bastille

 

One Response

  1. Great photos..i must get to Paris one day !!

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