La Seine, Paris
Favorite thing: Of all the pictures you've seen of Paris in guides and travel books, I'm certain you've seen images of the Eiffel Tower as seen from around the lamps on Paris' Pont Alexandre III. This traffic-ridden bridge essentially connects the Grand and Petit Palais to the enormous Hotel Des Invalides on the south bank , yet it is the walk itself that conveys most of the charm. The bridge opens with golden griffins on raised pedestals on the north side, and has more than its share of those beautiful oxidized lamps that Americans so relish here but miss when at home. Add the cherubs and the intricate railings, and we have Europe's grandest arch!
Favorite thing: As I said above, Paris leads the world in its intimacy with the Seine. Whether in early morning or at midnight, lovers from around the globe assemble around the bridges and the river as if by divining magnetic courses, while those traveling without companions will still find much to charm in these romantic connectors between the right and left banks.
Go along the Seine by foot, by car or ... in case of flood, by boat. More seriously, do a walk on the 'quais' to see the 'bouquinistes', the monuments and to enjoy the atmosphere.
Fondest memory: This photograph was shot in March 2001 after a long rainy period. See more in the travelogue (City Island)
Favorite thing: It's quite popular but expensive to live in a houseboat or yacht on the Seine River. In one of my favorite television shows of all-time, Highlander-The Series, Duncan MacLeod lived in a yacht this way. Btw the European version of the series was much better than the one they edit for North American television!
This is the name given to tourist boats which ply the Seine. Literally translated it means the ``fly boats''. The name probably comes from the district of Lyon - ``La mouche'' - the place where such boats were commonplace before they were in Paris.
Others claim the name comes from one of the companies (``Bateaux-Mouches'') owning these tourist boats, and named after its owner/founder: Mouche. There are of course other companies proposing boat tours of Paris: ``Vedettes du Pont Neuf'' and ``Bateaux Parisiens Tour Eiffel'' but Bateaux Mouches has come to mean all such tourist boats in general.
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...
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...
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
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.
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...
Favorite thing: a case study in terrbile travel photos. The sole purpose of putting this poicture here is to remind me (and hopefully others) of the vices of handing your camera over to a passerby to take a picture of you. By some freak of chance i have been neatly hemmed in by those two flagpoles. Ivan! Off to Paris then?
The Seine is in Paris what the sun is on the day.
It is an adornment in the city, majestic, a supplementary attire to city light.
Fondest memory: The embankments have been arranged, and offer a very pleasant walk.
I prefer the part of the embankments between St.-Michel and the station of Austerlitz. The walker has a beautiful view on Notre-Dame, and farther, some evening, it is possible to dance the salsa or the tango...
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.