June 14, 2007

Down by the riverside...

Exceptionally, today you will not have a long historical text to read. I just wanted to show how it is possible to find a very central and fashionable address in Paris. Of course you have to buy an old barge and make it to a comfortable place for living, find a place and pay for it!

One of the photos shows a dog from one of these barges with an obvious desire to meet a friend on another barge. Finally he never dared to jump!

The originals of the photos in this patchwork can be found on my other blog "Peter - photos".


final_transit said...

nice post :)

isabella said...

I am so impressed with the quality of your posts! You thoroughly exhaust each subject.
Today's post is no different - so much detail, so much variety, each photo a small jewel...

Shionge said...

You are so kind to be out in the streets snapping lovely pictures for us to see :)

Ex-Shammickite said...

Oh How lovwly to live an a barge on the Seine. And I recognise the bridge, I walked over it a few times. You are so lucky to be living in Paris.

~tanty~ said...

You really spoil us with those gorgeous photos. I enjoyed seeing them so much. Thanks :)

hpy said...

Did you know that you have to take these barges out from the water every now and then to have them officially inspected?

Keshi said...

Peter I love rivers n lakes...beautiful pics again!


Ming_the_Merciless said...

Awesome photos of the barges. I have dreams of living in the barge and sailing to different parts of France on the rivers and canals.

Cergie said...

Bonjour, Peter
Comme ces péniches sont belles dans Paris avec leur vie, ce chien cette voiture ces plantes vertes
Tu as su saisir tout cela si bien
Ces vies sur l'eau
Et ces noms donnés comme à un être vivant
La Marguerite...
Tu sais toi comme j'aime ce nom qui est un de mes prénoms et celui de ma grand'mère si talentueuse qui est décédée l'année de ma naissance (dix jours je crois avant moi ce qui fait que mon père en a reçu la nouvelle au Vietnam peu avant ma naissance - on n'était pas alors au temps du net)

J'aime particulièrement la photo de la péniche encadrée par l'arche du pont avec les piliers du pont en face et les deux statues dorées. Elle est belle, bien composée

Je trouve le temps aujourd'hui et je t'appelle.
A bientôt.

Nathalie said...

Do you know that my husband and I owned and lived on board one of those for 12 years ? Except ours was berthed in Avignon, which is much quieter than Paris. Because the never-ending traffic on the Seine makes for constant moves of the barge, which can be quite a pain depending on where you are moored.

Yes HPY there are a few drawbacks
- you need to haul your boat out of the water every 5 years or so for inspection (and sometimes for costly repairs)
- maintenance of a steel hull is a never-ending project
- you never own your berthing space and are regularly on the verge of being kicked out
- new regulations for river boats come out every year that you should theorically conform to

But still I have to admit it's a wonderful lifestyle and I'm glad our 3 kids enjoyed a childhood on board!

Peter said...

Thanks for your comments so far and I especially appreciate the additional information given by some of you, which I looked for, but did not really find.

I knew that you have had a very interesting life, full of different experiences, travelling and sailing around the world, but I did not know that you had spent 12 years on a barge at Avignon. (By the way, the very first time I timidly kissed my future wife, was "sur le pont d'Avignon".)

Nathalie said...

Oh Peter - nice memories!

I forgot to congratulate you for the variety and quality of your photos. You have certainly captured the glamourous and fun aspects of life on board these barges!

Anonymous said...

Oh, you have got so much compliments also today, that I say only hello Peter:)
I was thinking at first, that what nice summer cabins those barges are, butpeople are living through the whole year like traveling all the time. Nathalie says, it`s a good life and I believe her.
And Peter, you are great, I can say that after all :)

alice said...

Just to look at your photos is already a nice journey! It must be pleasant to live on this way, but you need to have very good neighbours (they have to cross your home to go to the pier!)

marie6 said...

It must be fun to live so differently from others and a unique experience but I think I would suffer a lot of seasickness. Many thanks for your compliments on my cake from Dina's blog from yesterday.

GMG said...

Lovely post, Peter!
Down by the Riverside was already lovely, but now it has an added value... It's amazing that one always look at the barges in Amsterdam, but not so much in Paris. I think I've noticed some near Alexander and Alma bridges, as well as around l'Ile de la Cité, but nothing like your patchwork. It's your blogger's eye that is making the difference!

Chuckeroon said...

Well, you got them going with the barges. Well done.

Peter, I don't blame you for your curiosity.......but you'll have to wait!

Olivier said...

"We spent all night down by the riverside
Laughin at nothing and talking too much
And the moonlight was so bright in your eyes
Before I knew it I was falling in love
It was too cold to swI'm so we just lay there
On the bank til the break of day
Though we never went in the water
We were swept away
And the river rolled
And the night got cold
But you held me close
And you warmed my soul
We spent all night down by the riverside
Wonderin how it happened so fast
And it sure did take us by surprise
When that mornin sun came up at last
It was too cold to swI'm so we just lay there
On the bank til the break of day
Though we never went in the water
We were swept away........."

superbe serie, il y a Evry, sur la seine, une dizaine de peniches habitaient.

lyliane said...

« Au fil de l’eau point de serment, ce n’est que sur terre qu’on ment », chantait Lyse Gauty
Ah! les péniches, toute mon enfance, je suis née au bord d'un canal,je le traversais tous les jours pour aller à l'école et même des fois à pieds par temps de grands froids, dans les années 50.J'ai connu les péniches tirées par des chevaux et maman a connu les hommes qui les tiraient avec des harnais appelés "bricoles".
les chemins de halages ont vu mes promenades pour aller aux écluses, à la guinguette (car on n'avait pas la télé ni de blog à cette époque!),et mes premières amours d'adolescente... La péniche est d'origine flamande, elle est en bois et a un gabarit spécial (péniche Freycinet),puis elle a été remplacée par les chalands motorisés.Bonne navigation à tous dans le blog de Peter.

Peter said...

cergie (Marguerite):
I forgot to mention this in my above comment: Yes, there was a special thought for you with Marguerite in front of the Eiffel tower! (I actually did not find any other blogger names.)

Yes, most of these photos were taken around the Alma and Alexander birges, but the barges are all over!


And another general thanks for your different contributions!


Cars, dogs, plants, people eating..
all on boat!! great pics

Ruth said...

I would so love to have one of these boats on the Seine.

hpy said...

N'oublie pas la rédac du mois demain! Sur Paris, peut-être?

Emily Lin said...

Stunning photos! Thanks for sharing these photos with us. Seeing those people sitting on the barge and just chatting around just making me couldn't stop dreaming of living on a barge, traveling around rivers in France, together with my dogs. Such a wonderful dream. :D

lyliane said...

Je reviens de la chorale et Graziella m'a montré des photos de dimanche, ils sont allés manger sur une péniche d'un ami ammarée au pont d'Asnières qu'elle coincidence!!

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Great photos Peter! I love that panel! You did a good job here!