It is nearly two months until my next trip to France and I am already catching myself with that far off stare. I have also been thinking about boats and living on boats. Living on a boat in France, particularly Paris would be amazing.
It is not an impossible notion. There are people who do it. These houseboats, called péniches are found along the Seine. In terms of purchasing one, they are hard to find, as obviously the real estate is quite limited. There are péniches that have been converted to hotels and apartments for rent. This is a great option to test out if you even like to live in that lifestyle.
These types of little boat neighborhoods exist in other places as well – London, Amsterdam, Seattle – but as you have heard from me ad nauseam, Paris has my heart!
I have been gathering images and articles on these beautiful homes for a while now and thought I would share some with you.
Here is a Paris houseboat photo series from the Living Agency in France. Seriously I drool looking at these. Here is a tease:
Spotted on Elements of Style last March (I told you I have been collecting these awhile!), here is an adorable place in London owned by author Josie Curran. Check out all the photos here. But here is one I’ll share:
And of course, you can take your boat on the road…so to speak, and rent a péniche to do one of many canal tours throughout France. It is a trip that Mr. Misadventures and I are very keen on doing. Chez Loulou did a fabulous photo essay a while back on one of the most famous places to do this activity, the Canal du Midi. France Today also did an amazing write-up on doing one of these trips with a gourmet chef, who wouldn’t want that?!
On your next visit to Paris why stay in a hotel when you can rent a péniche apartment? It is a great way to see a different angle of the city and would make a lovely picnic spot that you would not have to fight for!
If the idea of renting an apartment doesn’t interest you, there are definitely péniche hotel options as well, all it takes is a simple Google search to produce a huge list!
And everyone profits from these boats in Paris, even the homeless. There is a very special houseboat located in Paris that takes in homeless people with animals. From time to time I get to watch one of the oldest running programs on French TV, 30 Millions d’Amis, a show about animals. They did an episode about this very special place. It is called Le Fleuron and every night they take in homeless persons who cannot (and why should they?) bear to be without their pets.
Lastly, I have these random images that I have been collecting, I wish I had done a better job of noting where they came from, sorry!
It is a very special way of living, one that I find to be intriguing!
How about you? Have you ever stayed on one of these boats?