30.08.2014 – 06.09.2014
Le Havre – Paris
Skipper: Peter and Christoph
Crew: Priska, Peter und Kristina
The Seine at its best
We had a fairly leisurely ride in the TGV from Zurich to Paris, where we took a pre-booked rental car to Le Havre. It took us 2 hours to Le Havre, the starting point for our Seine cruise. Boat handover is not planned until Saturday so we had some spare time for a short stroll and a cosy dinner, to attune ourselves to the French “Joie de Vivre”.
Peter, our skipper, and Christoph as Skipper 2 oversaw the boat transfer on Friday, so that we, Peter’s wife Priscilla, her father Peter and I, wife of Skipper 2, could board Rolling Swiss II on Saturday morning.
After a safety instruction by Christoph we set off straight away. Unfortunately the weather was not good so the short crossing over the sea got a bit stormy and especially Priscilla and I were more than relieved to reach the calm inland waters of the Seine.
The first short drive took us to the beautiful, medieval-inspired Honfleur, where we bought the food for the next day. The next day we planned a relatively long trip to Rouen, so reveille was early in the day. But unfortunately our plan did not work out because we were forced, because of a broken lock system to wait for the flood. Our departure was delayed by half a day! That gave us the opportunity to explore the picturesque Honfleur a little better.
Fortunately, the trip to Rouen proved shorter than originally thought, so we were able to
keep to our itinerary. After a tour of Rouen’s historic centre and impressive cathedral we decided to carry on the next day. In the coming days we went through Poses, Les Andelys, Vernon to Le Port de l’Ilon, where we could refuel the boat and got a Tip to take a detour up the Oise to Port Cergy. The tip was spot on and the evening in the Mediterranean-style Port Cergy was one of the most beautiful of this cruise.
The next stop ought to have been our last stop: Paris Arsenal! It turned out to be somewhat difficult to get under there, so we spent a night in Port Van Gogh about 24 km away. After some persuasion, we eventually managed to get a place in Paris Arsenal the next day. This was a great advantage for the boat handover.
After 7 days and a total of 7 (!) locks on the Seine, driving into the centre of Paris, past the Eiffel tower was a unique and totally impressive experience and thus a worthy conclusion to a memorable cruise!