Portraits of Parisians along Canal Saint-Martin
Canal Saint-Martin. What was commissioned by Napoleon I as a way to supply Parisians with fresh water to support the City of Light’s burgeoning population and to prevent diseases, has turned into one of the most relaxed ways to explore Paris from the comfort of a canal cruiser.
Comfort is key, because after awhile, your feet can really take a beating while wandering through the hard paved, picturesque streets of Paris. But aside from being a comfortable way to explore the city, a Canauxrama cruise along Canal Saint-Martin gives visitors the perfect opportunity to observe Parisians while contemplating that certain je ne sais quoi that makes them so effortlessly cool.
Caveat: While we enjoyed having a few hours to leisurely drift through Paris while admiring the city and its people, we were a bit disappointed that the tour, though provided in English, was spoken by a guide whose thick accent made it nearly impossible to understand anything he said! Yet, towards the end of the cruise, our cruise captain’s voice lulled me right to sleep. Jave, who’s always on the lookout for the perfect opportunity to snap some unflattering photos of me, caught me in the middle of my mid-afternoon cruise snooze. So just keep in mind that if your ear isn’t attuned to thick French accents, you will likely not know which sites you’re missing out on while you pass them. Still, I recommend this cruise as a great alternative way to explore Paris.
Plan Your Visit
- To book your cruise along Canal Saint-Martin with Canauxrama cruises, click here
- On certain days/times, cruises depart from Marina Arsenal Metro Station Bastille and cruise to Bassin de la Villette, and on other days/times the cruise departs and arrives in the opposite direction, so be sure to choose the best departure/arrival route that works for you
- Cost: 17€ (adults); 13€ (seniors & students except weekends and public holiday afternoons); 9€ (kids 4-12); Free (kids under 4)