La Seine, Paris
The Seine is the pulse of Paris -- take advantage of all the views you can :)
On the left from the Samaritaine rooftop looking towards the Eiffel Tower [with the Pont des Arts in the middle ground. On the right Ile de la Cite FROM Pont des Arts!
The new pictures are of the Seine at night [Pont Neuf] and some views on a cold February day!
A trip down the Seine gives you the opportunity to see a lot from the river
Fondest memory: I had my 50th birthday party in Paris at the eiffel tower and on a Seine cruise. I miss all of it as well as all of Western Europe that I saw.
The banks and bridges of the river Seine are particularly nice places to walk and take in some great river views. My favourite spots to walk are around Notre Dame and the island that it's on (Ile de la Cite), although if you're feeling energentic you can keep going until at least the Eiffel Tower going west from there.
You'll get some especially nice views if you take the trouble to cross some of the bridges on your walk. There are plenty to choose from!
The River Seine divides Paris into two parts. Along parts of the river banks artists sell their wares. You could even take a romantic boat trip with a loved one.
Fondest memory: There are more pictures in my Travelogues.
First time as well the second time to be in Paris, I like to take a picture the first time I see the Eiffel Tower. On June 6th we began our stroll in Paris on Ile Saint Louis and then Ile de la Cite - the birth point of Paris.
Just standing on one of the nice bridges over Seine, you can see, almost from every point in the city, the majestic Eiffel Tower, one monument that I like, for it's originality and for it's great designer - Mr. Gustave Eiffel which managed to do a great iron construction, like a giant puzzle, which is so strong and offer a great view of Paris as well as being the most representative landmark of the city.
For many visitors, one of the most inviting activities in Paris involves viewing the Seine from any of the city’s several spectacular bridges. All of them span the river with a requisite combination of French beauty and charm, but one of the best is the Pont Alexander III, which joins the Champs Elysées and the Grand Palais on the Right Bank with Napoleon’s resting place, Les Invalides, on the Left.
This bridge is classed as a 'Monument historique,' (historic Monument) representative of late XIXth century architecture and decoration. It was built between 1897 and 1900, and inaugurated as the Universal Exposition of 1900 opened. It was completely renovated in 1991.
Fondest memory: Well this bridge, for me it's the the most spectacular of all brigdes of Paris! Not only does it have the most spectacular statues and lamps but it was recently given an elaborate covering of gold leaf. Since it faces Les Invalides with its special golden dome, the area is set out as a most exciting view. Bring your cameras and walk over this bridge. It’s worth it.
Amongst the decoration are four 17 metre high corner pillars, bearing the four gilded bronze equestrian groups which represent Pegasus held by Fame (that you can see on the photo).
And better, see it from the cruise in the Seine.
It's the better place to photograh all the details.
A river cruise on the Seine is an excellent way to discover Paris, the beauty of its bridges and monuments and the richness of its history. Along side visiting the oldest districts of Paris and experiencing a live description of the best views of Paris, this is a must.
The river cruise offers the chance of taking a one hour cruise along the Seine, a lunch cruise or a dinner cruise.
But I only made the cruise without no food..and I think someday when return to Paris, I will make another cruise!! :-)
Fondest memory: For me it's the last thing I did, in the last day , but I suggest to all, to make the cruise in the first day...you can have a panoramic view of almost all the monuments..and a view that you can't have from other places.
After have made the cruise you can go, by foot for a better exploration of all you can view in the boat.
The fondest memory for me , are the vision of passing in front of me, so much history..all the buildings are wonderful..I have no words..you have to see it! :-)
The Eiffel Tower, the Conciergerie, the Hotel de Ville, the Ile de la Cit? with Pont Neuf, Pont Alexandre III...everyting looks even more beautiful seen the the Seine River.
Favorite thing: The River Seine Cruise is something we never miss taking whenever we are in Paris. Be it in summer or...in winter (brrr!)...we'll still take it. But I must admit, cruising along the River Seine in winter and at night almost turned me into an ice cube! ;-) Yes, it's freezing cold out there....
We arrived late to Paris and as soon we got into the hotel, we went out to see the Notre Dame at night, crossing through Republic square and down to the Seine.
But my first impressive view was the bridges at night illuminated..... Just beautiful.
This is Pont Marie that takes us to Ile St-Louis
Favorite thing: If you only have one night in Paris, be sure to take a walk along the Seine (and if you're there for a week, you'll likely do it every night). You'll understand why it's called the City of Lights. It really is beautiful and remarkably peaceful (in Nov. anyway). It's a really nice way to unwind if you spent the day scrambling to see the many wonderful sites of Paris.
There are altogether some 35 bridges in Paris. This one is the Pont Neuf or New Bridge, and it is in many respects the first of the modern bridges in Paris and the most famous. Its construction started in 1578 and it was completed in 1603.
quai de la Megisserie
quai des Grands Augustins
Favorite thing: In an area where both Rome and London fail (except for precious few examples), the bridges in Paris are almost as worthy of study and contemplation as the neighboring museums and palaces. Few are alike, but all have the common characteristics of blending in perfectly with their surroundings, of linking important points on either bank so that few steps are dull or unncessary, and most importantly in keeping close and intimate their relationships with the river.
Favorite thing: The River Seine runs through Paris, dividing it into two parts: The Left Bank and the Right Bank. A great way to see Paris is by taking a Bateaux-Mouches cruise along the River Seine. You'll get terrific views of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower as well as other sights.
Fondest memory: Paris was made for walking and exploring and finding your own little corner to enjoy in your way. Even along the busy Seine, you can block out the world and lose yourself in your book, as this lucky gentleman did here...
Inaugurated in 1578, the New Bridge is the oldest one of Paris.
During the 17e century, a song told : "on the Pont Neuf, one is sure to meet at any hour a monk, a white horse and a prostitute".
Now you are sure to meet in this place a tourist, a backpacker and a police agent.
The semi-round spaces with a bank which are on the parapets of each sides, are initially made for the street vendors. Now they are an ideal rest place for the tired tourists or for the lovers looking for a romantic site.
Fondest memory: On the picture, in the far, there is the department store La Samaritaine, of which moto was "on trouve tout a la Samaritaine" (one finds everything at the Samaritaine). It is false, of course.
The name Samaritaine which comes from the Gospel, was initially given to a pump which was there to take out the water of Seine.
Now the water pump is replaced by a money pump.