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Oct142013

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Seine River Cruise: Bateaux Parisiens Sightseeing Cruise

Paris, France

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This cruise wasn't scheduled for a specific time, so we decided to take a later boat so we could see the city lit up at night. In all, it was just okay. The lights of the city are incredible to see, but I expected more of the cruise itself.

In order to accommodate multinational tourists, the tour was provided in a number of languages by pre-recorded audioguide (e.g. a handset you had to hold to your ear the entire time). The recordings were not timed properly for the landmarks we were seeing, and I found the entire dialogue between the two "hosts" to be very strange. The male voice introduced himself as an artist, and the female voice was supposed to be the spirit of the River Seine, the artist's "muse." It was just weird - I felt like I was overhearing an awkward couple on a first date trying to find things to say to each other. There were lengthy lags between talking points, and it was tiring to hold the audioguide to my ear for the entire ride, waiting for the "artist" and his "muse" to begin their eyeroll-worthy dialogue again. The tour was only an hour long, but boy, was that hour ever long.

Overall, we saw some pretty sights, but this cruise was not terribly fun, not at all engaging, and not something I'd recommend.

Oct142013

Tour/Activity

Paris Bike Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was the perfect way to kick off our week in Paris. Not only did we see and learn about a TON of the major tourist attractions in just a few short hours, we got a lot of great tips from our tour guide, Nick, about staying in and exploring the city. The bikes were incredibly comfortable, and we felt safe riding through the streets of Paris - even with volume of cars and crazy drivers sharing the road with us. Our safety was clearly a top priority, but even so, "fun" was absolutely the word of the day.

In short, I'll seek out Fat Tire Bike Tours at every one of my future travel destinations. I couldn't recommend this tour more.

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  • Tuileries Garden
  •  and quot;The Thunder From Down Under and quot;
  • Dominating the streets of Paris

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