From Mid-July to Mid-August, each Year, the Quays are open to the tourists and to the Parisians.
The town supplys freely deck chairs, umbrellars, balls for the "petanque" (a French sport), skating way, bicycles, concerts, books, etc...
Diving in the Seine is forbiden and ... dangerous.
The right bank of the Seine is devoted to the amusement between Concorde (West) to Mazas (East).
2005 : from 21 July to 20 August. Focused on Brasil (Samba)
If you go to Paris you won't miss the beautiful cruises in the Seine, in the "Bateaux Mouches". I really enjoyed it and not even the rain and the thunders that begun when we were right in the middle of the river (near Notre Damme) made it worse: in fact, it was great!
Along the banks of the Seine between the Pont des Arts and Pont Neuf you will find lots of bouquiniste stalls. They sell second-hand books, posters, and different objects. Nowadays they sell lots of souvenirs as well. You can walk from stall to stall checking the offerings.
The only bridge that is made of wood and is for pedestrain only ...thats where I am supposed to meet my friend Romain at 9.15am but there was an accident in the tube so I was late. I am so sorry Romain.
And when I was there...I discover that he bought some croissant and coffee ..how nice of him...and we had breakfast on the Pont des Arts . It was a beautiful morning ....and its cool to dine on the bridge (my first )...but then the wind came and blew our paper bags away ...there goes our serviette ...lol...
Go to the side of the big river, Seine, and then just follow it, anyway you want. Just relax, look at the boats, the people and before you know it you will have found a new thing to see...
The river goes right through the Paris-centrum, which means it's easy to go from one famous piece of building to another. Just take a few others around the Siene, and you'll have seen a lot!
Try looking for them... Les Bouquinistes are an old tradition of books sellers lined on the Seine edges. You'll find vintage and new books, pictures, photos, music, postcards... and a wee bit of the Paris ambiance!
I liked it a lot.
At the path-walk along the Seine (mostly on the left bank) you'll get the chance to do a little 'river shopping'.
There is lots and lots of these small street-shops selling old books, posters, postcards and stuff like that.
You'll find thngs at all price levels and it's very interesting to just look even though you don't wanna buy anything.
Almost 250 of these 'salesmen' get an 'official license' from the town every year.
Pont des Arts
This is a full sized bridge just for pedestrians that crosses the Seine between the Louvre and the Instiut de France. It makes for a very casual place to stop for a picnic.
Metro: Pont Neuf
Pont Neuf: Well, it was rather surprising for me to find out that the oldest bridge in the city is called 'New Bridge' (that's how Pont Neuf translates from French). Many famous names are associated with it: Henry III laid the first stone, Henry IV inaugurated it, renowneed writers depicted it in their art works.
The bridges of Paris are all works of art. Plan to stroll across them. You have to see them up close to really appreciate them.
Pont St. Louis connects Ile St. Louis with the mainland, Ile de La Cite.
On Sundays the bridge becomes a stage for street musicians. They're very good and draw a large crowd.
I absolutely adore these ugly faces on the Pont Neuf. It's just a little disappointing to learn that they're replicas, but some of the original ones are at the Carnavalet Museum in the Marais.