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A Walk Along the River Seine in Paris

As you may have noticed from my posts earlier this week, we are back from our trip to the US. I have some fun things to share from our week there, but while I’m attempting to organize way too many photos, please enjoy my very last post from our trip to Paris. (Who knew I could drag it out this long?)

If you travel often enough, you’ll inevitably come across places marked as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are places that UNESCO has designated as culturally or physically significant. The list is extensive – as of today there are 981 places listed in over 150 different countries. Of these, I’ve only seen about a dozen, but I’m working on that. We aren’t yet at the point where we will travel somewhere just to see a UNESCO site, but if there happens to be one near us, we do make a point to check it out.

Visiting the UNESCO site in Paris was easy since the entire stretch of the River Seine in Paris from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Eiffel Tower is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We walked this path at least five different times while we were touring Paris, and took pictures each time which explains the varying weather and daylight conditions in the following photos. While the Thames still holds first place on my list of “Prettiest Rivers In Europe”, the Seine comes in a close second. Besides its beauty, there is also a lot of history to be seen walking along the banks of the Seine. While my photos could never do it the justice it deserves, they’re all I have to share.

(Please ignore the fact that it looks like I haven’t slept or brushed my hair in six years in that photo. You’ll know it when you get to it. It had been a long day, okay?)

The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

There are many Seine river boat tours available ranging in price from €10 for a one-hour open boat cruise to over €250 for a gourmet dinner cruise. Had time permitted, we probably would have taken one of the cheaper dinner cruises. I’ve heard good things about Bateaux Parisiens, so that may be a good place to start if you’re looking to cruise for a few hours. Whether you see it by day or night, walk it or cruise it, you can’t miss seeing the River Seine while you’re in Paris!

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The River Seine In Paris: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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  • Sara Louise
    January 21, 2014 at 4:33 AM

    I’m squeezing in a trip to Paris right before I leave France and I CANNOT wait to walk along the Seine! :)

    • Sarah Shumate
      January 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Awww one last trip before you go! At least for now anyway. I’m sure you guys will be back to visit friends and family every now and then, right?

      • Sara Louise
        January 22, 2014 at 5:38 AM

        Not for at least a year and then I doubt will get to Paris. Out of the four plus years I’ve lived here, I’ve only got to Paris once. It’s far from The LPV :(

  • Diana Bockus
    January 16, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Your pictures make me want to visit Paris! Oh – so pretty!

  • Emmymom
    January 13, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    I’ve taken a river cruise like that around Chicago– it would definitely be quite a different experience in Paris!

    • Sarah Shumate
      January 14, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      A river cruise in Chicago sounds fun! I recently pinned your Chicago guide just in case we make a trip there while we’re in the US this summer. That’s Cory’s favorite city and I’ve never seen it, so I’d love to go!

      • Emmymom
        January 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        It is my favorite city too- I did grow up outside of it though, so definitely biased. But the more cities I have visited the more I still love Chicago

  • Jo
    January 13, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Great photos! We’ll have to go back when the weather gets better

  • Jessica - Independent Travel Cats
    January 11, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Oh how I love walking around the Seine! Did you guys take a boat cruise or just wanted to? If you return we did a post where we compare all the popular Seine cruise choices.

    We chose one of the least expensive and smaller boats. We’ve also done boat tours on the canals in Paris which was also fun.

  • susannem
    January 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Thanks for the information about this list. I wish I had seen it earlier so I could have checked out more of these places when I was traveling. I have only seen about a dozen so far. Guess I have some traveling to do ;)

  • Tammy Chrzan
    January 11, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    I have imagined in my mind that the River Seine is as magnificent as the River Thames… in my mind it is, anyway. By the looks of your photos, it’s not far from the truth! Gorgeous photography! I miss our chats, we will have to catch up soon, I will shoot you an email. Much love to you,
    Tammy

    • Sarah Shumate
      January 12, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      It’s close! The Thames is still the winner in my opinion, though. I love that stretch of the Thames where you can see Tower Bridge and then a little further down is Big Ben and Parliament and the London Eye. It’s just gorgeous in that area.

  • Quyen Nguyen
    January 10, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    I took the Seine boat tour one day and it was so much fun. I especially loved going underneath the bridges. It was so beautiful!

  • Katrin
    January 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Love your pictures, Sarah! You look beautiful! I need to post my Paris pictures too although they are not as good as yours!

  • Keith Wynn
    January 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    I really wanna take a Seine boat tour one day :)

  • Jenn
    January 10, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Such beautiful views!

  • Robert Wareham
    January 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I love your photographs of Notre Dame!! Both the one from the river and the one from ND looking down to the river. They’re definitely my favourites. Actually, I’m going back to Paris on the 24th, so maybe I’ll take a stroll along the Seine and take a few shots then, although it’ll probably be freezing! :)

    • Sarah Shumate
      January 10, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Thanks! I couldn’t quite capture those the way I really wanted to, but I posted them anyway. :)

      What are you going back to Paris for? Just had a free weekend and wanted to go?

      • Robert Wareham
        January 10, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Oh really? I love it! It’s definitely my favourite photograph from those in this post so I’m glad you decided to include it :) No reason in particular. My parents have an apartment on Ile Saint Louis that they’ve reluctantly given me and some friends access to, so we’re going for a long weekend before flying onto Spain. Should be fun!

        • Sarah Shumate
          January 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

          Paris and then SPAIN?! I’m not even going to try and hide my jealousy. Ha! I’m excited to see your pictures and hear about where you went. I would really love to visit Spain this year, but I’m not sure if that’s going to be possible. May have to live vicariously through you on that one!

          • Robert Wareham
            January 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

            I think we were just lucky with the whole trip to Spain. It was completely impromptu, to be honest. I saw an ad online saying Expedia were having a 2 day sale so I took a look out of curiosity. Turns out that going from Paris to the south of Spain was incredibly cheap – just a few hundred pounds including an apartment for 4 days. I just couldn’t say no!! :)

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt
    January 10, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Lovely photos, you make me want to visit Paris again and go for a walk along the Seine :o). Xx

  • Dannielle @ Chicadeedee
    January 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    We took a short night boat tour and it was great, it was shortened due to flooding but was still pretty. Also, if that’s you looking bad, I look like a train wreck all the time haha.