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France, Paris XI. – Seine, the River of Life

Published: 6.8.2014
We will continue in our tour de Paris even today. This time we go and admire the beauty of the city from the perspective on the river. The Seine has an inseparable role in lives of Parisians. It has also been a theatre to many historical milestones. The Seine is the pearl of Paris.

After buying a ticket for a cruise on cruise boat, we sat on a bench and waited eagerly for its arrival. Meanwhile, we have studied the promotional materials that offer different variations of circuits. For example, you can buy a ticket just until the first flag. All flags are adjusted so their suit particular tourist sights in Paris. And so we were not surprised at all that ships that we would board were crowded with tourists. We decided to wait and eventually boarded an emptier boat. The traffic was really thick. Only during our cruise were two boats in front of us and behind us three more.

Panorama Paříže (Eiffelova věž)

While most of fellow travelers went to sit inside, we have chosen as their habitat alone aboard the ship, where they were located delightful romantic panorama . Even the perception of water, wind and waves magnified our sense of adventure.

Plavba po Seině   Plavba po Seině

Plavba po Seině

From Sewage to Pearl

The Seine is a modern river. Except being a traffic route it also supplies the city with drinkable water. But it was not always like that. Long ago the river was due to the lack of sanitation very dirty and smelled. To the contamination also contributed floating shops, where & nbsp; merchants sold fish or offered services such as washing clothes. Of course the water that is the basis of life, paradoxically became the bearer of diseases. Therefore, & nbsp; not long before people started to appreciate it and gradually worked on the cleanup. It is interesting that the river was regularly supplied with fish, resulting in a currently a number of fishermen along its banks. However, only those fish can be caught and released back again. It's called fun fishing. The River Seine is not the longest European river with its 775 km, but the only one that held the Olympic hurdle races and competitions in swimming under water. It also made history when it carried the body of Napoleon or the Statue of Liberty. Hence it is no wonder that its shores are registered & nbsp; in the list of world heritage of UNESCO.

Plavba po Seině   Plavba po Seině

Plavba na Seině (v pozadí Katedrála Notre Dame)

Bridges of Paris

During our cruise down the river we passed attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, D'Orsay museum, Louvre or the magnificent Notre Dame. We were passing under bridges, the beauty of we admired completely different while on the water. Paris has 37 bridges in total and many of them caught our attention. For example, Pont des Arts was full of love locks that glittered at sunset, or Pont de l'Alma amazed us again with beautiful statue depicting zuavas (members of the former French colonial infantry in Algeria), which is a kind of "flood beacon". When the Seine water level rises to the soldier's feet, the walkways along the banks are closed. The other bridges were also interesting. A huge effigy of the god Zeus graced the Pont Notre Dame and there was another legend, which we did not know. We learned that in 1853 they built a new bridge Pont Notre Dame and soon nicknamed it the Devil's Bridge, a result of the construction, which had five small arches over the river. These were difficult to let ships through, and many of them really foundered. In 1919, the bridge underwent renovations and of 5 arches were created three smaller and one larger. No more interesting is the history of the old Pont Notre Dame, which was the first bridge over the Seine. This bridge was built shops and houses and at the time represented a center of urban life and entertainment. Only in 1499 under the weight of nearly 60 houses it collapsed.

P (most umění)            Pařížské mosty (mosty u Katedrály Notre Dame)

Pařížské mosty

Pařížské mosty   Pařížské mosty

Fun on the Seine

As we have already mentioned, there used to be a competition called the Water Tournament , where opponents with spear & nbsp; tried to push each other into the water. Today, this "sport" takes place only as a reminder of old times. Water discos make the river lively today as well as lively tourism and of course the waterfront. There are in some parts lined with city beaches , local oases of relax, which are very popular. We have not been on a beach, but we passed by and we enjoyed the sights, moving & nbsp; are people & nbsp; or working along rivers, and of course the beautiful greenery all around. We definitely recommend it wholeheartedly.

Panorama Paříže (Eiffelova věž v pozadí)

Full of impressions and slightly exhausted at the end we cruise back to the hotel and even before we went to bed, we planned a trip for the following day to the most beautiful castle complex in Europe - Versailles.

 

Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút



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