Walks Along the Seine

We visited Paris in April, renting an apartment in the Marais, two blocks from the Seine and Île Saint-Louis. The banks of the Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has some great walks. We walked a lot, crossing the Seine visiting places missed on earlier trips.

Here’s a map with our Paris activities; our apartment’s near the center.

our 2016 Paris vacation
our 2016 Paris vacation

We stopped at Berthillon on Île Saint-Louis for their heavenly sorbet. On a Friday evening, we walked right in. But on a Spring afternoon, everyone’s outside enjoying the sun, and the queue stretched around the corner and down the block.

The rear of Notre Dame shows the flying buttresses that help support the weight of the roof, allowing more windows and light.

Notre Dame flying buttresses
Notre Dame flying buttresses

The tip of the Île de la Cité island has a tree-filled park, Square du Vert-Galant, with a nice view of the Louvre and the Seine.

People relax on the bank, talking and enjoying some privacy and space in the center of a large city. The Pont des Arts bridge is pedestrian-only and is a popular for strolling and hanging out.

Pont des Arts
Pont des Arts

Most boats take tourists up and down the river, but the Seine is still used to move cargo. A barge with shipping containers passes Île Saint-Louis.

barge with containers
barge with containers

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