La Seine, Paris
The river Seine is not as wide as the Tames or the Rhine but is so more beautiful when crossing Paris. Not because of the river itself but because of the scenery on the banks of the Seine.
A cruise on the Seine, especially at night, will reveal all the well lighted monuments. There are many.
I'm not aware of any greater scenery than the banks of the Seine not only the famous and so many monuments but also the houses with their homogeneous Haussmann style.
There are two cities in Europe whose architecture stands above all others for me: Paris with its nearly perfect order and Rome with its baroque exuberance.
If you say "la Seine" you can not avoid the bridges. I like all bridges but have some preferences for the pedestrians bridges like the "Ponts des Arts" between the "Cour Carrée" (Sully wing) of Le Louvre and the "Institut de France" on the Rive gauche and for the "Pont Alexandre III" which is one of the most stunning bridges of Paris. When approaching from the Right Bank i.e. by the Grand Palais, there is a sight all in gildings: the four columns with sculptures of the bridge and in the background the gildings of the imposing dome of the Invalides.
Most bridges on the Seine in the centre of Paris provide nice views. The Pont Royal is certainly one of them. It is the usual link between Le Louvre and the Terrasse des Tuileries with the Musée d'Orsay on the Rive gauche.
The view on the former station d'Orsay is one of the best you can find for you photo's On your left, towards the east, you will distinguish the Isle de la Cité with, from left to right the fine and high turret of the Chapelle Royale and the towers of Notre-Dame.
Here I have to stop; I wrote already so many tips about Paris.
This is one of my favorite areas of Paris, spent many times here, business took me here for activities on the peniche boats and family took me back to show off. Just an easy drive into the port entrance with free parking by the Seine river, and up the stairs to the Eiffel tower, and trocadero or go into the bateaux parisiens or vedettes de paris or batobus, or the peniche Maxim's (Pierre Cardin) for gourmet treats are all memorable moments
you can actually walk to rue saint Dominique get a pizza at domino's pizza and come back and eat it here lol! The restos in the tower like a quick Buffet de la tour or formal lunch at Diner 58 or go over the Trocadéro palais chaillot for the café de l'Homme or the Café du Trocadéro or the fame patissêrie Carette my favorite!
The coming and going of the boats, the world all around you, and the easy on and off with my car is just sublime.
If you are with a boat need more on how to reach here on the River Seine, contact the capitanerie of the port Suffren here
Tél. : +33 (0)155427950
Fondest memory: walking around port Suffren in and out of Paris, and food eating at the wonderful close restos
One of the best ways to see a bit of "Paris" is by Seine River Cruise. During one of my previous visit to Paris to celebrate my birthday a few vt friends and I decided to do exactly that. We had a great time seeing Paris from the river cruise.
VincentJJ came baring gifts, he brought the ladies all roses, how sweet.
Fondest memory: Getting together with some VT friends to celebrate my birthday was fantastic!!
Do not miss a cruise on the Seine. There are a lot of river tours on Seine. The best time to do it is in sunset, it gives you great memory of romantic Paris. You will hear about Parisian bridges that are also explaining you a history of this city.
Fondest memory: Montmartre is the best place in Paris. It takes you back in twenties. Hemingway, Picasso, Van Gogh and a lot of other important artist lived there. I loved its small streets. The view from there is just splendid. Lying on grass and enjoying the panorama is something you must do during your visit in Paris.
If I had the opportunity to take a first time visitor into Paris blindfolded, I would take them by boat onto the Seine on a bright sunny day. I'd remove the blindfold on an upstream passage of the river just downstream of the Tour Eiffel. I believe they would never forget their first sight of Paris.
Of course , having had the dream to see France by cruising the canals and rivers, actually cruising through the City of Light in one's own boat is pretty hard to beat. While doing so, to sip a glass of champagne that one has purchased from the grower/fabricator in Cumieres on the Marne River - a priceless experience especially when shared by friends or family.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Paris is the emotional outlet ; the thrill of the first visit. Actually seeing the city about which we had read so much as adults & learnt so much as children in school French lessons.
Each return visit evokes memories of those first emotions
The Seine is one of the major rivers in France.
It is 776 km (486 miles) long, rising in eastern France near the Swiss Alps, flowing through Paris and into the English Channel at Le Havre.
Fondest memory: In 1991, the banks of the Seine in Paris - the Rive Gauche and Rive Droit - were added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in Europe.
Pont Neuf : is the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris. The bridge was completed under the reign of Henry IV, who inaugurated it in 1607.
Pont des Arts: links the Institut de France and the central square of the palais du Louvre.
Fondest memory: Paris has 37 bridges across the Seine, of which 3 are pedestrian only and 2 are rail bridges...
Pont de Bir-Hakeim: The bridge, made of steel, is the second to have stood at the site. It was constructed between 1903 and 1905.
Fondest memory: The bridge has two levels: one for motor vehicles and pedestrians, and a viaduct above, through which passes Line 6 of the Paris Métro.
The Seine river banks in Paris provides some of the greatest urban landscape in the world.
You will best discover it through a walk on the pedestrian left bank quays.
Paris is a river town, its evolution and history can be seen from the River Seine.
The section between Paris upstream and Paris downstream of the city was selected for the World Heritage List.
Fondest memory: Walking couples give the left bank quays a romantique atmosphere unique to Paris.
The banks are full of life in the summer, for example, you'll for sure enjoy the tango dancing on Quai St Bernard...
Living on a boat for an extended period may not be for everyone but it's short stay looks very romantic and an unusual.
"Today there are approximately 100 ships moored along the banks of Paris representing more than a century of Belgian, Dutch, German and French navigation of inland waterways."
Lots of the boats (like Houseboat Louise, Houseboat Risico, Houseboat Adriana, Houseboat St.Antoine or Houseboat Simpatico) - appartments for rent. You can get unique and memorable accommodations in the heart of Paris.
Vacation rental Paris house boat it's for sure luxury holiday idea.
Fondest memory: Weekly Rates (Houseboat Risico, boat's facing Musée d'Orsay): Year Round $3,690;
Holiday Rate - December 18, 2010 to January 4, 2011 - $4668/week.
Weekly Rates (Houseboat Louise, located between Pont Alexandre III and Pont des Invalides) Year Round $2,980
One of the world’s ‘great’ rivers, the Seine has been immortalised in songs and paintings. As may be seen in these photos its importance does not stem from its size or, for that matter, from its length. No, the Seine derives its ‘instant recognition’ status from its locale and historical significance, not to mention the romance associated with it. Should you wish to take a short cruise, there are plenty of ferries and tours available, but I was content simply to wander along the shores, enjoying the views and the passing river traffic .
Whatever tourists may make of it, the Seine is still very much a commercial river, with extensive river traffic passing through Paris. I thought you might care to ‘virtually’ share some of that variety with me.
The main photo might be of particular interest to other motoring enthusiasts, because parked on the back deck of this barge is a red ‘Amphicar’, a curious (and now rare and collectable) amphibious motor car produced in small numbers in the 1960s. I wonder if it is intended as a lifeboat or as a shopping trolley when in port! The second photo shows a canal boat, possibly off on a holiday cruise. No question about the third photo though, it is a cargo barge being pushed by a no-nonsense tug, while the fourth photo shows a tour boat passing Notre Dame.
Like the Thames in London, the Liffey in Dublin and the Taff in Cardiff, the Seine River divides Paris in two. Crossed by a lot of beautiful bridges linking the city, it's an invitation to discover what's "on the other side". It's impossible not to break from one side to the other, you have to make your way through the city by constantly crossing bridges & moving around...
Fondest memory: I didn't want to miss anything, and to get to see "almost everything", there was no choice but pure walking...I think that Paris is a city to enjoy on foot, and that there are more things to Paris than the usual places...just open your mind and get yourself ready to discover wonderful hidden places...
Visiting Paris, it's almost inevitable to see the Seine. This river played a important role in the origin and development of Paris. Many of the important monuments are built along the river, like the Tour Eiffel, the Notre Dame and the Louvre.
At many places a lot of trees are planted along the riverbanks. It's a nice place to sit on a bench for a while or to walk. You can find bookstalls, a city beach, but also a 'musée en plein air'.
Favorite thing: Paris is split in half by the river Seine. The north side is referred to as the Right Bank (Rive Droite) and the south side is called the Left Bank (Rive Gauche). We walked the Seine well, it is a lovely river, with plenty of space for pedestrians to walk alongside it. Paris is divided into 20 districts called arrondissements (In London this is called zones). We found this very easy to follow, and never got lost once, glad to say! :)
The architecture and ambiance is lovely. Culture and history seep from every corner.
My fondest memory is the boat trip on the Seine River. It was at night, was chilly but good.
Fondest memory: We took a narrated river cruise along the Seine. From the bridge of Alexander III we headed east, rounding the cathedral of Notre Dame before enjoying the chance to get some really lovely photos of a fully illuminated Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 for the World's Fair, it was supposed to be a temporary feature, but won over the hearts of everyone!
It was VERY romantic, and well worth the trip, albeit a little brrrrr...