The Batobus is one of the amenities Paris offers to its tourist trade. The Batobuses are flat-bottomed scow-like boats that cruise up and down the Seine in circular routes, roughly between the Eiffel Tower to the west and the new Mitterand Library to the East. After buying a ticket at any of the stops along the route, you can hop off to see Notre Dame or the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower and then hop back on the next Batobus passing by. A ticket buys you one complete round trip. This morning at 6:15 a.m., as I was nearing the end of the first half of my walk along the Seine, I noticed six Batobuses moored two by two for the night on the Left Bank. The first four had names like Bastille and Odeon, but the last two, rather smaller than the rest, were named "Jean Gabin" and "Yves Montand."
I thought that was kind of cool.