Tango Along the Seine

I could have chosen any of the 408 photographs I took during a twilight Bateaux Mouches cruise in Paris. They certainly would have portrayed the awe factor with flood-lit buildings, sharper images, better depth of field and true to life colour.

Yet I chose this true to life scene, a snippet of life in motion, when I spotted in the distance tango dancing couples along the shore of the Seine. Oblivious to the evening chill, onlookers and the mass of tourists on the boat catching a glimpse of their tempo, they didn’t miss a step.

Too far away to zoom in on the dancers. Too dark for a handheld DSLR even at 1600 ISO speed. Like life, an image doesn’t have to portray perfection to capture the essence of the moment.

Tango Dancing Along the banks of the Seine


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Tango Along the Seine was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.


  1. Oh, yes! Apparently people get together to dance tango every Saturday, for a kind of argentine Milonga (tango dancing meetings) on the Seine, rive Gauche, next to the “Institut du Monde Arabe”
    Have to go there. I am Argentinian but I don’t know how to dance! Great photo, anyway!

    • Cristina: How beautiful and romantic! I hope they continue to do so until I get to Paris again. If you do go there, I’d love to read about it!

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  3. It looks perfectly romantic and I love how the photo captures that  :-)  Too bad you couldn’t jump off the cruise for a bit and join them – I bet it’s a lot of fun and something I hope to learn eventually!

    • Shannon: I wish I could have had sufficient time to watch them do a complete dance. It looked like so much fun!

  4. Great photo! As I recall, I’ve seen the group of tango dancers along the Seine before as well.  It’s so energizing and such a perfect scene to watch while going by on the bateaux mouches. Well chosen photo out of the 408!

    • Jill: Hi and thank you for your comment :) I like that the whole event is so low key but it’s right there in full view. Must get a closer look next time I’m in Paris!

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