La Seine river, running through the heart of Paris. One of my favorite parts of my trip to France and Spain
Price: about 12-14 Euros
This, along with anything we did in our few hours of freetime, was the only part of the vacation that was not pre-planned or part of the fee for the trip. We had the option of buying a ticket or staying on shore being party-poopers. For my friends and I, this was not debateable. We went down to the edge of the river and lined up near a stone wall with comical sculpted heads looking down.
Eventually, we boarded the boat. It had many chairs on it’s deck, but most of us went right to the edge at the front.
We went at sunset, and the sky was beautiful.
Soft pinks, yellows, and purples painted the sky in ombre hues, and navy blue clouds splashed across the canvas.
The river is crossed with hundreds of marvelous bridges, each one architecturally unique. From one of those bridges, we first saw the Eiffel tower as it lit up with a dazzling explosion of sparkling, flashing lights.
We glided across the water, excitedly moving from one deck to the other. People on bridges and people sitting by the side of the river lit up with smiles as we enthusiastically waved at them. Some local 20-somethings drinking beer by the waterside even smiled and waved in our direction. I distinctly remember one young couple, clearly tourists, who waved to us for a long while. The woman had a heart-shaped face and put her arms up in a huge representation of a heart. We began to return the gesture, and her male counterpart immediately returned our gesture, without realizing it was the person next to him had started it. We “Wooh!”‘d and laughed and tried to get the attention of as many people we passed as we could.
We took a lot of pictures, but the majority of the ride was spent just looking at the city and waving at people.
Near the beginning of our trip, we also saw the Eiffel tower in all it’s daytime glory.
The Eiffel tower is the most beautiful structure I have yet to see. Pictures just don’t do it justice. The fact that it’s so iconic is barely a factor in the amounts of awe that I felt glancing up at it. I had a blast on the boat, and loved feeling the Parisian wind coming up from the cool water.
Seeing Paris from La Seine was a perfect way to see many landmarks in a tiny amount of time, and it was very, very fun. A must-do to add to your bucket list!