Moret-sur-Loing PK48 to Melun PK110
We departed Moret-sur-Loing at 7.45am and joined the river Seine some 10 minutes later. We don't have AIS fitted, so I was positioned at the bow acting as look out and straight away there was a large commercial coming upstream across our intended path to join the river Seine, so we held off until he had passed before we turned downstream.
|Our first large commercial|
|Or first lock on the Seine, we shared it with a large, empty commercial.|
Quite daunting as we watched it slowly come into the lock to join us.
Our ropes really strained as it went along by us.
|Captain Kev, happy to be back on a river|
|We saw lots of commercial traffic, but the river is so big they are not a problem|
|Exiting our second lock with a large commercial waiting to enter|
|We got out of his way as quickly as we could.|
|Three commercials coming through Melun when we were moored up.|
We enjoyed watching the commercials go through all day
Monday 8th July
Melun PK110 to Lock Évry PK138
28km/2 locks/4 hours 10 mins
|We had a Wagtail as a passenger for a while|
The mooring at lock Évry was great, we moored before the lock and as far upstream as we could as we'd read that commercials turn up quite late and sure enough three commercials arrived around 8pm and they left very early the next morning.
Tuesday 10th July
Lock Évry PK138 to Paris Port du Arsenal PK168
30km/4 locks/4 hours 45 mins
|We shared two locks with three smallish commercials|
|Coming up to the junction with the river Marne|
|Its great seeing the road signs for Paris|
|The entrance to the Port du Arsenal coming into view|
|A better view of the entrance to the Port du Arsenal and Canal Saint-Martin|
|The lock taking us into the Port du Arsenal|
Floating bollards but we advise using the ones on the opposite side as this
side the floating bollards don't have a cap so the ropes slip off!!
|Our mooring for two weeks|
|We enjoyed our stay at Port du Arsenal despite the city noise and pollution|
|Padlocks are everywhere|
|Bassilica Sacré Coeur|
|View from the Basillica Sacré Coeur|
|Walk back down to Monmatre|
|View from our mooring of Bastille monumnet|
|We visited Sainte-Chapelle, well worth going to see to enjoy |
the amazing stain glass windows that have recently been restored, absolutely stunning
|No more room for anymore padlocks! Full of love, hope and promise!|
|We also visited an exhibition on the artwork by Gustav Klimt|
|We took the Batobus along the Seine to Eiffel Tower|
We were in Paris for the football World Cup semi final and final. Paris erupted when France got through to the final and then when they won, well the celebrations lasted ALL night. We were pleased to be in a secure mooring at Port du Arsenal, the noise outside the port was tremendous, I don't know how the Parisians had the energy to make that much noise for so long!! We were jolly glad England wasn't in the final, we might have had to hide our flag!