It seems that stateside, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer each year. A nice three
day weekend and last hurrah to enjoy those long summers days of splashing around in the sun
one more time. Over here in France too, we’re all settling back into life in Paris after vacations
away. But being back in Paris doesn’t mean that my friends and I have given up on summer
just yet. So we decided to ride out the last days of the season in style, on a boat, barefoot in
bathing suits…full speed ahead!
If all roads lead to Rome, then it seems in France all rivers lead to Paris, and in and around the
city the Seine River is one of the main attractions, dividing the French capital into the left and
right bank. But it is no coincidence that they decided to build Paris around this water way.
France has over 80 navigable rivers and canals, natural and man made. The country’s history
of settlement and consolidation of the nation, as well as its industrial and economic
development is owed greatly to its advanced waterways. The inland navigation first on these
rivers and then on the canals were built over more than three centuries, from 1642 to 1966, to
link up the rivers and thus create a network that means one can travel continuously all through
France via our canals and rivers.
Nowadays they still serve their original purpose, to transport goods around the country and
into Northern Europe. But France’s historic river and canal system is also a big draw for tourists
from all over the world looking to sail these calm waters and take in the sites along the way.
But locals like my friends and I are no exception, we too love to enjoy a peaceful afternoon
floating and boating and it’s never been easier to do than with Marin d’eau Douce.
These eco friendly, electric and quiet boats are the easiest and dreamiest way to sail the canals
and rivers that surround Paris. While you start just outside of the city, one can ride all the way
into Paris as many people do. We set off in mid afternoon and took turns at the helm while the
others dragged their feet in the water, swam, and took in the nature and architectural sites
along the way.
Our day aboard was the perfect opportunity to use up some of my Lancôme summer favorites.
Swimming with Monsieur Big Waterproof is worry free as this version of my favorite mascara
never runs — sweat and swim resistant! And of course for a day on the boat you can’t forget
your sunscreen. For my face, Skin Feels Good has been indispensable all summer long. For
long sunny days it evens out my skin tone while letting it breathe, keeping it hydrated, and
protecting it with SPF 23. It’s also easy to reapply throughout the day, no sponge or brush
required! I don’t think I would have made it through summer to Labor Day without these beauty
essentials, and they’ll be in my bag until summer is officially over! I hope you too will get out
this Labor Day and enjoy the last days of summer as the perfect excuse to use up some of the
last of your favorite summer beauty products!