From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower – you can understand Paris’s soul from the River Seine.
Walking along a riverbank is always an invigorating spiritual experience for me. I need the proximity to the water, the breeze, the smell, and the sensation of openness you can really only experience being by the water.
The first great civilizations developed along rivers, mostly for strategical and economical reasons. But I like to think that there was also a sense of aesthetic pleasure in choosing such a location to settle and prosper. In fact, many of the great cities in the world flourished on the banks of an important river – and somehow this landscape shaped the character of the city. In no other city this is quite as visible as in Paris! Along the banks of Seine you can find some of the most iconic architectural masterpieces of this city – from Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle, Louvre, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Grand Palais des Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower… In fact, this is so evident that the banks of the river Seine is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
No visit to this magnificent city would be complete without a morning stroll along the banks of the Seine. Hop from the Left to the Right bank; stop for a coffee in Saint Germain de Pres; go crazy in the cool shops in the super-hip Le Marais; visit the spectacular Musee d’Orsay; cross the Le Pont des Arts and declare your love; walk on the Tuileries Garden… This is where you can really take the pulse of the city and feel how fast its heart beats.