Riding one of the boats along the Seine is absolutely the most touristic thing you can do in Paris. You still have to do it. I want to make it clear that I in no way think that saying something is touristy is a criticism. As a New Yorker, I can assure you that acting like a tourist in the Big Apple will ensure that you will have a much better time than you would if you acted like a native.
A typical weekend day for me in NYC generally involves faffing about and pretending to clean my apartment and/or get work done, eating “brunch” at Starbucks, walking around Washington Square Park and then going grocery shopping, going to see a movie, and meeting a friend for dinner at a cheap Thai place in my neighborhood. If you want to have an authentic New York experience, feel free to visit the city and follow my itinerary but you’ll have a much better time living like a tourist. In fact, I plan on making Live Like A Tourist my new motto in life.
This is almost always a good rule if your attraction sells tickets online. It saves time, and the lines in Paris in the summer are especially hideous. There’s more than one Seine river cruise, but I took one of the Bateaux Vedettes de Pont Neuf. Since it’s the only one I’ve taken, and the young Parisienne who led the tour was adorable, I’m going to go ahead and pretend that I know for sure it’s the best.
It’s one euro more expensive if you buy a ticket for an afternoon or evening cruise, but I think it’s worth it to go later in the day. You’ll want to get more active things done earlier when you have more energy.
The tour was conducted in English and French, so I got to hear everything two times. This pleases me because I can now share with you…
La Fourmi Ailee means The Winged Ant. I personally would not name any place where I am going to serve food after an insect, but perhaps this is one of the many reasons why I am not French. It is a fine choice for dining after a Seine cruise because it is so close by.
La Fourmi Ailee is designed to look like a library, with many bookshelves on the walls. This library-restaurant hybrid thing is definitely my favorite hipster restaurant decor trend. I was seated at a cute little table by myself and ordered a nice glass of Bordeaux. I accompanied this with the dish of the day, which was three big pieces of roast pork served with mashed potatoes and roasted apples. It was all very homey and delicious. I highly recommend going here for dinner. Next time I go, I am going to order a dessert too because their pastries are supposed to be very good.
The only thing that marred the perfection of my dinner was that I was seated next to an older American gentleman who kept making phlegmy noises with his throat. Even worse than that, he was wearing tiny neon green bike shorts. I apologize to the staff of La Fourmi Ailee because this is really beyond the pale, even for a single American man. However, I sincerely doubt he will be eating at this restaurant when you go, so don’t let that stop you.
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