River Baroness Cruise Photos
Day 1: Embarkation and Departure from Paris
Our day of departure from Paris began on , where we'd spent the previous nine days in a sixth-floor studio apartment facing the church of St-Eustache in the 1st arrondissement.
In this short video, which was taken for a review of a travel jacket, you can see the church and hear its bells.
After breakfast, we left the apartment and spent a few minutes at the twice-weekly street market in Rue Montmartre, right outside our building.
Next, we followed the Seine to the quai André Citroën in the 15th Arrondissement (two bridges southwest of the Eiffel Tower), where River Baroness was moored. The walk took about two hours, since we weren't in a hurry and stopped for photos along the way.
During our walk, we were stopped three times by con artists who tried to sell us fake gold rings that they pretended to have found on the sidewalk. (See our Paris for Visitors article on the Paris Gold Ring Scam.)
We knew better than to fall for the con, but a fellow
passenger on River Baroness later confessed that she'd paid 10 euros to
a ring scammer.
We reached the Quai André Citroën in the Port de Javel Bas (which is on the Seine, next to the Parc André Citroën) just after 12 p.m.
River Baroness was moored with another ship,
CroisiEurope's Renoir, tied up alongside.
As we approached River Baroness, an officer came down the gangway to take our bags. We later learned that he was "Captain Dave," the second-ranking officer on the ship.
Just beyond the lobby of River Baroness, a shorter gangway led to our
neighbor, Renoir. (Like sailboats and barges, river ships tie up next
to each other when there isn't enough space on the pier for end-to-end mooring.)
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