Rising in Burgundy on the Langres Plateau, the Seine, France’s second longest river, meanders through Champagne-Ardenne, Ile de France and Normandy before spilling into the Bay of the Seine, an inlet in the English Channel near Le Havre. The Seine has many tributaries with the river crossing Troyes, Paris and Rouen. The banks of the Seine in Paris in 1991 – the Rive Gauche and Rive Droite – were added by UNESCO to the list of World Heritage Sites in Europe.
The Seine river has proved inspirational to writers and famous artists, with Turner, Monet and Seurat to name but a few, creating romantic paintings of this beautiful city. Great historical events can also be attributed to the Seine which has played a major part during battles. The architectural bridges crossing the Seine in Paris are to be admired with the most famous being the Pont Neuf dating back to 1607, the Pont Mirabeau and the Pont Alexandre lll.
A different dimension is given to the famous sites that line the banks of the river in Paris from the river. Uninterrupted views of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower will leave lasting memories of this beautiful city.