WHEN A PARIS PÉNICHE IS MORE THAN JUST A BARGE
One of the most pleasant ways to relax in Paris is to take a stroll along the banks of the Seine. It’s a busy, working river with a constant flow of craft of all descriptions. Ranging from the many tourist boats crammed with sightseers enjoying the unique perspective of the city’s great landmarks from the river, to serious, business-like barges riding low in the water, filled with anything from building site rubble to bales of shredded paper heading to the recycling depot, while others are piled high with freight. Many also have homey touches such as pot plants, plastic garden furniture, laundry fluttering in the breeze, and perhaps a small car and bicycles perched on the back deck. As well, there are other barges, tied up dockside, that are clearly used as floating homes. Aside from these though, there are a number of traditional barges, or péniches, that have been converted to quite different uses.