At the heart of Paris flows the slow-moving River Seine, its name meaning ‘sacred river.’ The sides of the river are known as the Right Bank (north) and the Left Bank (south), which visitors can enjoy strolling along.
Probably the nicest way to enjoy the river is by boat – the famous bateaux mouches provide a commentary on the famous sights and landmarks.
Highlights include the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Les Invalides (housing Napoleon’s tomb) and of course the many bridges, such as the Pont Neuf and Alexandre III bridge.
Some of the bateaux mouches companies offer lunch and dinner cruises - evening cruises are especially popular due to the lovely night-time illuminations.
During bad weather, the Seine’s waters may rise to flood alert levels. Such was the concern in 2003 that 100,000 works of art normally stored in underground rooms were moved out of the city to safety.
The Luxembourg Gardens are by the Luxembourg Palace, home to French Senate, on the Left Bank next to the Latin Quarter.
It is the largest park in Paris and is much loved by Parisians and visitors alike. It has formal lawns and paths, beautiful flowerbeds, fountains and over a hundred statues and sculptures. You can visit the Orangerie, elegant greenhouse, and the gardens are home to beehives and orchards.
Particularly popular is the ‘Grand Bassin’ octagonal pool where children can play with model boats. There are also children’s pony rides plus a children’s puppet theatre