Paris: Cruising Along River Seine

Bateux-Mouches

The real essence of Paris is captured by the River Seine that flows right through the heart of the city bordering 10 of the 20 arrondisements. The bridges along the river evoke the most romantic visions of Paris. Most people will agree with me that taking a stroll along the Seine is a quintessential Parisian experience. Like Fluctuat Nec Mergitur, a motto encrusted everywhere in Paris; It floats and doesn’t sink, reminds how important Seine is.

Bateux-Mouches

For those who are too tired to walk and explore along the riverbank, taking a spin on water is always enjoyable. I cannot think of any better way to explore the meandering, winding Seine other than on a river cruise. Without doubt, Bateaux Mouches is the most famous and oldest cruise operator on the Seine. I find it worthwhile and romantic. Although some might find it too touristy but hey.. it is a relatively inexpensive activity.

Route

Historic landmarks lining the River Seine. The route starts at Pont d’Alma on the Right Bank. The nearest metro will be Pont de l’Alma (line 9). From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand and Petit Palais, the evolution of Paris and its history can be seen from the River Seine.

Bateux-Mouches

You can enjoy the views from within the covered glass area or like me, I prefer the top deck to have a better sight. The cruise tour also comes with commentary in ten languages. Impressionnant!

Bateux-Mouches - Eiffel Tower

Far right, Pont Alexandre III, inaugurated for the 1900 World Fair, with gigantic gold statues and intricate metal work.

Bateux-Mouches - Eiffel Tower 2

Not forgetting Eiffel Tower, a living testimony of the great universal exhibition.

It is an interesting trip to see some of the 37 bridges that cross the Seine.

Love Lock Bridge

The love locks of Paris on the Pont des Arts, a tribute to lovebirds hoping for eternal love in the City of Light.

Love Lock Bridge 2

Paris is always a good idea

 Notre Dame Cathedral

An architectural masterpiece, Notre-Dame de Paris

Alexandra

Pont Alexandre III bridge. Without doubt, River Seine is one of Europe’s great historical rivers, that attract tourists from all over the world.

Paris Travel Series: Eiffel Tower | Montmartre District | Paris Mosque |  Musée du Louvre | Arc de Triomphe & Champs-ÉlyséesPalace of Versailles | Notre-Dame Cathedral & Centre Georges Pompidou | Tour Montparnasse | Pont Alexandre III

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4 Thoughts

  1. Lovely photos. Reminded me of our trip to Paris. The river cruise was nice. Though I didnt quite appreciate this large group of young tourists screaming a the top of their voices every time we passed under one of the bridges… Just to hear their voices echo!

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