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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

Youcould al­most call it a rite of pas­sage — a din­ner cruise on the River Seine aboard a glass­roofed Bateau Mouche plea­sure boat. Jean-se­bastien Mouche casts off at 8.45pm (board by 8.15pm) from Pont de l’alma in the 8th ar­rondisse­ment to the sound of pi­ano and vi­o­lin mu­sic. There’s a choice of two menus, the con­fi­dently named Ex­cel­lence or Pres­tige, from j95 ($118), cov­er­ing aper­i­tif, and all the red-clothed ta­bles have views. The round trip takes two hours and 15 min­utes and while it is un­de­ni­ably corny, there is an el­e­ment of ro­mance to it all. It is Paris, lights are twin­kling, there is cham­pagne. Pourquoi pas? More: bateaux-mouches.fr. ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER Coun­try Town Res­cue: Ev­ery­thing about this se­ries sug­gests it will be ad­dic­tive: five fam­i­lies shift to Trun­dle in NSW’S cen­tral west to rent aban­doned farm­houses for $1 a week; can this tree-change move­ment save the town? My money is on Nabih and Christie Ele­mam and their three kids. Tues­day, 8pm, ABC1. David Wal­liams vs The Thames: The ec­cen­tric Lit­tle Bri­tain co-star un­der­takes a Sports Re­lief char­ity chal­lenge to swim 225km over eight days; will he over­come ‘‘Thames tummy’’ and wet­suit rash to ar­rive tri­umphant at West­min­ster? Thurs­day, 7.35pm, UKTV.

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