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Cast off !! Cruises along La Marne

Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream

Discover the banks of the river Marne by sailing with Canauxrama cruising boats.

The day starts at the Paris Arsenal Marina. After the Bastille lock, there is a magnificent view of Notre Dame cathedral, followed by the districts of Eastern Paris, Bercy and the Grande Bibliothèque de France. At the confluence with the River Marne, Chinagora, the new Chinese centre, marks the boundary of the urban landscape.

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The boat continues gently upriver… After the Fanac island, you come into the “land of guinguettes” and rowing clubs, such as Gegene, le p’tit Robinson at Joinville-le-Pont… Past les îles des Loups et d’Amour, the boat docks at Joinville-le-Pont for lunch in the “Chez Gégène” mythical guinguette. In the afternoon, your return journey to Paris is accompanied by the sounds of our accordion player and views of magnificent residences and protected countryside.The cruise includes a commentary, stories and dancing…

Fanny

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Have fun in Val-de-Marne, even if it’s raining !

It’s an opportunity to pamper yourself with many spas and hammams.

Val-de-Marne is the place to restore your body. If you want, you can ride a water bike. If you are a sporty person, check out the watersport section.

Why not go to the hairdresser ?

If it’s still raining and you are bored, why not go to a museum ?

The Museum of Nogent is about the history of the Marne. It tells you everything about the banks of the Marne, landscapes, historical sites and how people used to swim in the river (today you can’t). You will know everything about guinguettes (go to the guinguette section). This museum tells you about Sunday leisure activities in the old days.

With children you could go to the Exploradome, an interactive museum for kids about Exploradomesciences, multimedia and sustainable developpment. Children have fun in this museum.

If you like contemporary art you should go to the MAC/VAL, you can find more information on the blog (contemporary art section).

If it’s still raining you can find other ideas on the web site « Tourisme-val-de-marne » section « castle and museum ».

Lionel

Water games at Tremblay for a hot hot summer

It’s a sunny day in Paris and you need a break ? Visit the Tremblay park dedicated to leisure activities !

This park is a such a beautiful place to take a rest and the children will enjoy for sure the water games, especially in summer time.

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You can also practice sports : enjoy a game of soccer, volleyball or beach volley. And why don’t you try playing golf or archery ?

Find more information on the official website of the Tremblay Park.

Julie

Stand up paddle, don’t give up the fight !

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The stand up paddle (Hoe he’e nalu in the Hawaiian language) is the new trendy sport from Hawaï ! Even stars as Eva Longoria, Jennifer Aniston and Rihanna chose this sport to get a perfect body.

If you’re visiting the Val de Marne you have to try this activity. Every Sunday, you can discover the Marne and its islands during a stand up paddle sport session of two hours.

Make your reservation on this website and be ready to enjoy the Marne !

Julie

Festival de l’Oh ! Save the date!

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This year, the Festival de l’Oh ! will take place on 30th and 31st of May 2015 in Bonneuil-sur-Marne, Bry-sur-Marne, Champigny-sur-Marne, Créteil, Joinville-le-Pont, Maisons-Alfort, Nogent-sur-Marne et Saint-Maurice.

What is so special about the Festival de l’Oh! ? First of all, the format of the event is unusual. Festivities take place in 8 cities along the river. Second of all, the festival itself is unique. This is not only about concerts. You can also enjoy dance or any other artistic show. Last year, there were sound sculptures exhibited along the river, where everyone could experiment the sound going out of them. On another spot you could enjoy an open-air dance floor.

Each year the Festival de l’Oh! offers something different. In 2014 they organized a fluorescent bounce world championship!

We do not have the detailed programme for the 2015 edition but don’t worry, there will be good surprises!

This year, we will not only enjoy the spots themselves, we will also enjoy travelling to the spots. Walks, bike tours, cruises to go from one spot to another will be organized.

The Festival de l’Oh! is a very friendly event which takes place in a pleasant environment where everyone can find what they expect and discover something new.

On 30th and 31st May 2015, don’t miss it!

You won’t be disappointed!

Link to Comité Départemental du Tourisme du Val-de-Marne 

Stéphanie

Guinguette and musette… for a date

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When we say “La Marne”, one imagines the joyful notes of an accordion playing musette, in one of these typically French popular balls called “guinguettes”. Originating at the beginning of the last century, the guinguette is still alive, especially thanks to these famous dance halls: chez Gegene, l’Ile du Martin Pecheur, Chez Fifi and La Guinguette Auvergnate. These are the places where you can find fun, dancing and white wine all at the same time.

These guinguettes are one of the very typical popular traditions of France; this is why you should not miss it when you travel to Paris. At just 40 minutes from the city centre, it is a great opportunity to take a break with a lunch-and-dance on a Sunday afternoon.

Don’t worry if you are not comfortable on your feet, the good atmosphere will easily take you to the dance floor. If you still have energy after hours of polka and walz dancing, why not finish the day at the Libertalia, on the Seine, where you can rest in this cosy piano-bar to the sound of jazz and modern music ? Enjoy !

Fanny

Rowing in Val de Marne

Did you know that rowing appeared in France in the 19th century ? The first races were organized in Paris on the Seine and the Marne is a river also well known for water sports and especially rowing.

Writers such as Alphonse Karr and Théophile Gautier enjoyed rowing and this sport was often portrayed by impressionist painters such as Sisley, Monet, Renoir and Caillebotte.

It’s a funny and healthy way to discover the country with your lover, your friends or your family.

To find a club for practicing rowing in Val de Marne or take lessons, visit this page.

Julie