France Series: La Seine

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Ah, the Seine! You’d have to be crazy to go to Paris and not spend some time on the Seine. Forty centuries before Paris was born, farmers and herders settled on the left bank of the Seine, reportedly because the sound of the river here was so soothing for man and beast alike.

The river is named for the goddess Sequana, known for her healing ability and her love of waterfowl. When the Romans founded their city of Lutetia Parisiorum here, they depended on the Seine as their major trade artery connecting all of Gaul.

Since then, the banks of the Seine have drawn countless generations of painters, filmmakers and lovers throughout the centuries, who come to be touched by the river’s incomparable magic. From Serrault to Godard, artists have incorporated the sensuous curves of the Seine into their iconic visions. Today, a trip to Paris is virtually defined by sitting at a cafe on the Seine, looking out on the Île de la Cité and Notre Dame. Even seasoned travelers can see Paris with new eyes when they ride a bateaux past the Eiffel Tower and magnificent Musée d’Orsay, sampling the world’s best cuisine with a bottle of champagne.

The only problem with the Seine is that you have to leave it eventually. How can you leave behind the mysterious heart of the City of Lights? Simple: don’t. Bring the Seine home with posters that evoke its ancient, sinuous majesty.

Relive the moment you discovered the Seine, with bateaux gathered along the Left Bank in a black and white composition that recalls the ghosts of Godard in his heyday.

The sun is setting on the Eiffel Tower as your bateaux dinner cruise begins. As the twilight darkens the skies above the Seine, the City of Lights is about to twinkle into life.

Approaching the Musée d’Orsay from the Seine presents you with the most dramatic view of Paris’ greatest former railway station and the world’s most prestigious home for Impressionist and Post Impressionist painting and sculpture.

It’s hard not to wish you were in Paris right now, isn’t it?

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