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.


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…


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 ».


Our tasty local dishes!

Enjoy delicious Belles de Fontenay potatoes, Boeuf Gros Sel, or our very famous Goujons fish; Served with a good glass of our Côteaux de Marne wine, and you’ll get hooked on our specialties!

Beef with Coarse Salt Val de Marne local dish

Beef with Coarse Salt Val de Marne local dish

BŒUF GROS SEL (COARSE SALT BEEF) Boeuf Gros Sel is a home-style classic dish served by the Marne riverbanks. It originates from the Middle Ages, a time when the Val de Marne used to be a source of food supply for Paris, with cereal crops, orchards and vineyards. It is also served in the French capital’s bistrots. This recipe requires high-quality fat or lean pieces of meat, is cooked twice at length in a broth with carrots, turnips, leeks, celery, onions, potatoes and cloves. It is served with additional coarse salt, mustard, pickles and, why not, with a small green salad.

Belles de Fontenay potatoes Val de Marne local dish

Belles de Fontenay potatoes Val de Marne local dish

BELLES DE FONTENAY POTATOES Originally cultivated by the Incas and brought to France in the 18th century, the Belle de Fontenay potatoe is well known by consumers all over the Hexagon. It owes its name to its lovely kidney shape and to its French place of rebirth, Fontenay-sous-Bois. Rather small, the size of the palm of the hand, its yellow and firm flesh distinguishes itself with its fine grain and light nutty taste. This variety grows quite early on in the year at the first harvest in June. Its flesh is remarkable for cooking and just as tasty for cold salads. Hot, it can be steam cooked, with salted butter, fried, or served mashed, in foil, or as gratin.

Goujons miniature fried fish Val de Marne local dish

Goujons miniature fried fish Val de Marne local dish

FRITURE DE GOUJONS (GOUJOUN FRIED FISH) Goujons are miniature fish, served fried and crispy with lemon wedges, chopped parsley, bread and butter and a glass of chilled white wine. Traditionally, this dish is eaten in a very homely fashion, with your fingers! The history of Goujon fish is closely linked to that of the guinguette taverns by the Marne riverside, brought to fame in the 19th century, in the hey day of their famous dances. To this day, guinguettes continue to serve this local dish, especially in the summertime.

Lara A.