The Seine,the best playwright and the best actor of Paris !!!

And here I go with another natural beauty of my belle France. What would be Paris without the Seine river, and what would have been the Seine without Paris! The two are together like a movie! I have written more on the Seine in my blog, this is another story in my black and white series, no pictures.. The Seine,the best playwright and the best actor of Paris!!!

I take you to one of the popular rides in Paris, the Batobus, with stops along the way from the Eiffel tower to the Jardin des Plantes or about 12 km in all. To navigate in the Seine is to offer Paris in cinemascope ! This is Paris, and the Seine is a big part of it, Hope you enjoy the ride as I

At the foot of Pont d’Iéna on the port de Bourdonnais is active, with the bateaux mouches and Batobus ready to go. One last look at the Eiffel tower and the esplanade du palais de Chaillot and we are off. The trimaran goes on slowly on the precious waters of the Seine river before you see on your right but rive gauche (left bank) the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac and on the opposite the Palais de Tokyo with art contemporary. (see posts).

You see the Zouave on a pile of rocks under the pont de l’Alma to reminds us of the flooding levels when the water reaches its socks, The quai d’Orsay traversing a whole neighborhood with some high places of power, You see the Esplanade des Invalides, and the colonnade of the Assemblée Nationale. (see posts). Before it was the palace of Bourbon -Sicile built on orders of the daughter of Louis XIV, Duchess of Bourbon, and madame de Montespan , It is of course, Napoléon that we owe the building as it is today housing the representatives of the French parliament or congress. There are small boats alongside and it is explained these are the representatives that takes them to avoid Traffic jams.

We passed by the pedestrian passarelle Léopold Sédar Senghor (former Solférino) , linking the jardin des Tuileries to the musée d’Orsay, (see posts) .We stop at the quai Anatole France to see the museum Orsay,where after the universal expo of 1900 the train station was left abandoned. Before taking the boat again take a peek at the musée Rodin (see post) in the mansion or hôtel Biron (18C). Returning to the river, we see the big peniche boats, canots of the river firefighters the pleasure boats and the other bateaux mouches. All is water beautiful.

Then, you see the beautiful dome of the Institut de France (see post) where architect Louis le Vau raises it on the axis of the square of the Louvre, inside you see the Mazarin library and the five academies. In a green square corner you see the square du Vert-Galant with an equestrian statue of Henri IV at the Ïle de la Cité. The boat goes around it and passes under the Pont Neuf, the oldest in Paris even if translated means new bridge ! The construction of it took nearly 30 years between 1578 and 1607. The south flank you find the quai des Orfévres attach to the palais de justice at No 36. The Conciergerie remains of the palace of the Capetians and the Sainte Chapelle, magnifique done on orders of Louis IX or Saint Louis. (see posts).

You come to the boul’mich or boulevard St Michel to access the quartier latin or latin neighborhood on one side and towers of Notre Dame on the other. The Batobus passes now under the pont de l’Archevêché or bishops bridge along mansions of the 17-18C on the quais d’Orléans and Béthune of the Ïle Saint Louis (see post). All before arriving to the Jardin des Plantes, and see the Institut du Monde Arabe,(see posts). Here we do a turnaround with the boat.

Along the rive droit or right bank, we go following the current of the Seine, Between the pont Sully and pont de l’Iéna and just until pont Bir-Hakeim on the left bank you will see the Hôtel de Ville , the tall tour St Jacques, gothic flamboyant only remainings of the church St Jacques de la Boucherie, a caroligian church. The wonderful Place du Châtelet with the theater of the city (ex Sarah Bernhardt) and the musical theater of Paris (former theater of Châtelet). On the quai de la Mégisserie you see many pet stores and vegetable stands, with the art deco building of the Samaritaine (now redone in a more modern look by LVMH). You move along on the Church St Germain l’Auxerrois ; the church of the Louvre and parish of the kings of France. (see posts).

After passing the jardin des Tuileries and Louvre, the batobus anchors in the port des Champs-Elysées between the pont Alexandre III and pont de la Concorde. From the quay go up to the cours de la Reine on the place de la Concorde with a wonderful obelisk of Luxor a gift of Egype as a thank you for Champollion who discovered the scriptures in the pyramids. You see here the recently remodeled Hôtel de la Marine and Hotel Crillon as well as nearby the USA Embassy. To the west of the square you see the Grand Palais before coming to your departure point at the foot of the Eiffel tower, See the Grand and Petit Palais. (see posts).

The Seine? It is the most beautiful boulevard in Paris! Seen from the river, Paris is totally different. The river exudes something deeply sensory, which I miss when I have to sleep on land !! Seine, Paris or Paris Seine one in all, Eternal Paris !!

The Paris tourist office on walks along the Seine river:

The Paris tourist office on the Batobus:

The City of Paris on the Seine river:

The initiative for the future of great rivers on the Seine:

There you go folks, the heart of Paris it is the Seine! You can come to Paris for something else but if not by the or on the Seine you have not seen the real Paris, me think. Hope this post will bring you out to see it in person when possible. The Seine,the best playwright and the best actor of Paris !!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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