Swimming in the Seine | A Day of Boating in the River

I never thought I’d say that I swam in the Seine.

But it is possible! This past weekend, the Englishman and I spent a day of exploring a little bit of the Île de France with the lovely Sonia and Yannick. After a quick 25 minute train ride, we arrived to Melun, a charming town near Fontainebleau. Armed with plenty of baguettes, we set out for our picnic on the Seine.

Yannick comes from a family where boating and water sports are a passion, and he was kind enough to take us out on his boat. We got in the boat and sped off toward a little river-side spot with shade to have our picnic. Sonia’s cucumber, watermelon and feta salad was the perfect appetizer for the hot day, and Yannick’s zucchini and chèvre tart was delicious. We had cheese and yogurt for dessert, with rosé to accompany the meal. Yum!

Then came the high speed part of the trip! We took off down the river, enjoying the incredibly gorgeous homes that line it. Tell you what, those houses make you dream! They were all different styles of architecture, from gothic to Germanic to fairy-tale-castle-esque (you know what I mean). Yannick showed us his favorite house, which has a bridge and arch connecting the two sides of the house. I’m not gonna lie; it totally made me think of Hogwarts.

We found a nice spot a bit further up, anchored the boat, and jumped into the water. It was so unbelievably refreshing! I am not used to 90 degree (F)/30 degree (C) weather, so these last few days have been a learning experience as to how to beat the heat. We shouldn’t complain because we had an eternal winter where we all wished for a ray of sunshine – and now we have it! In full force.

The river current was strong so we had a bit of a workout trying to not stray too far from the boat, but wow! The swim was amazing. I lovelovelove being near and/or in the water, so it was such a treat to be able to do that so close to Paris. I highly recommend taking a day trip down to the area. It’s beautiful and provides a nice and natural change of scenery from the city.

Merci beaucoup, Sonia et Yannick !

xx PatriciaParisienne