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Seine River in France

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    Seine River in France

    The Seine River is the third longest river in France and it is also an important shipping lane for commercial products and goods. The Seine is not just used for economic reasons it is also used for tourism and as a form of recreation. Millions of people from all over the world get to see this river whenever they visit one of the many French cities that are located along its shoreline.

    The Seine begins northwest of Dijon and flows through the countryside toward the English Channel. This major river system flows through the city of Paris, which is the nation's capital. When people experience the Seine within the city of Paris get to experience an important part of France's culture, national identity and entertainment. The Seine River in Paris offers all of these great features and many more. Here is some basic information about this legendary French estuary.

    The Seine River flows directly through the heart of Paris. This river twists and turns in a series of curves along its path through the city. A traveler who visits the city of Paris can access the Seine from almost any point within the city. The best part of this river is located in the central districts of the metropolitan area because this is where famous landmarks, buildings and attractions are located.

    The Seine is never closed and people can access the river any time they wish. Some sections of the river might be closed for construction or other reasons. It is also free just to walk along the different areas of Seine's shoreline unless a major event is taking place. If this is the case there might be a charge.

    Most of the major attractions that lie near the Seine are located along its shoreline or within a few blocks of the river system. The Eiffel Tower is Paris' most famous landmark and it is located a few blocks from the Seine. The address for the Eiffel Tower is Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France; and it is located in the seventh arrondissement on the left bank of the river. Keep in mind that Paris is broken down into sections called arrondissements. The seventh arrondissement has plenty of attractions and landmarks in Paris.

    Other attractions that lie along the Seine near (or across from) the Eiffel Tower includes the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, the Trocadéro gardens and ponds and the traditional Paris village of Passy. The Market Street of Rue Cler, Louvre Museum, Château de Versailles and the Arc de Triumph are all located near the Eiffel Tower along the Seine River.

    All of these attractions are located near the Eiffel Tower along the Seine within Paris. Keep in mind that many of these attractions have their own hours of operations and entry fee. Remember that the Eiffel Tower is the most frequented attraction in the world which means that Paris has millions of visitors each year. Since there are so many tourists coming into the city; a lot of the attractions, shops and material goods can be expensive.

    River tours are also available for tourists who stay in Paris. Tourists can schedule a river tour with one of the many companies that offer this service. Tours usually take place during the daytime hours and when the weather is fair enough for travel. Some of the more established river touring companies in Paris offer large double deck boat that provide visitors with plenty of room for sight seeing within the city.

    It was already mentioned that people can walk along the shoreline of the Seine. Many locals within the city of Paris already do this. Depending on what part of the city that a person accesses the river through they will experience a wide variety of different things. There are lots of trees, benches and gates that lie along the path of the river. There are commercial ports that lie along various part of the city that can also be seen by the public. However, most of these port hubs do not allow visitors since they are for trade and transportation.

    People can also experience graffiti on some of the buildings located near the Seine and some buildings are even run down. Once again, the river curves through many parts of the town and like any other city; Paris has its slums as well. Boat traffic is a common occurrence on the Rhine and many shops and shoppers are busy with economic activity. People can also see school kids out on a trip or run into a public event that is taking place in the area. There are lots of things to do along the Seine; even if a person never visits one of Paris' attractions.

    According to many travel experts and tourists who visited the city; summer is the best time to experience Paris. The months of July and August are highly recommended because the whether is perfect during this time of the year. The temperature is about 70 degrees and there is a lot of activity taking place within the city; especially along the Seine. Remember that Paris is the most visited city within the world and it receives at least 27 million visitors each year. The only drawback is that the city is fairly crowded with tourists and the prices are more expensive than usual. The Seine offers visitors different sights and events all year round.

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