Paris - Marvelous City on the Seine River in France

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Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Walking Tour of Paris from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe

Paris is on everyone's list of favorite cities in the world. It has beautiful architecture, amazing art museums, and fascinating sights around every corner.

If you love cruising and want to see Paris, you have many options. First, Seine River cruises often embark from Paris and sail to the Normandy coast. Rhone River cruise tours to the south of France also may embark or disembark in Paris. Central Europe river cruise tours on the Moselle, Rhine, and Main Rivers often start in Paris and transfer to the Moselle River on the TGV high-speed train. Finally, a stopover in Paris on your European cruise vacation is often easy to arrange. After all, who wouldn't like an extra day in the city of lights?

The Champs-Elysses in Paris is one of the most beautiful streets in the world, and the Arc de Triomphe stands at one end of the 1.1 mile street.

Construction of the Arc de Triomphe was begun in 1806 by Napoleon to commemorate his victories. The Arc de Triomphe was completed in 1836. France's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added to the site in 1921 after the end of World War II.

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Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

View of the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the Champs-Elysees in Paris

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Eiffel Tower in Paris

Eiffel Tower in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world.

The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel for the Paris International Exposition. The Eiffel Tower stands 984 feet tall, and it has three platforms for viewing Paris.

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Eiffel Tower in Paris

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Eiffel Tower is just a short walk from a Metro Station in Paris.

Anyone who visits Paris has to stand underneath the Eiffel Tower, climb into the tower, or take one of the elevators to see the view.

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Hotel de Ville in Paris, France

Hotel de Ville in Paris, France
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Hotel de Ville in Paris is the administrative offices of the Mayor and other city officials.

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Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Notre Dame is one of the most famous Cathedrals in the world. More Notre Dame de Paris Pictures

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Victory Column at Place du Chatelet

Victory Column at Place du Chatelet in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Napoleon had this Victory Column constructed at the Place du Chatelet near the Hotel de Ville in Paris.

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Bridge Across the Seine River in Paris

Bridge Across the Seine River in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Louvre Museum in Paris

Louvre Museum in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Palais du Louvre (or Louvre Museum or Musee du Louvre) is the oldest and one of the largest museums in the world.

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St-Germain l'Axerrois Church Across the Street from the Louvre in Paris

St-Germain l'Axerrois Church Across the Street from the Louvre in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

St-Germain l'Axerrois Church was once the Paris parish church of the French Royal family.

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Louvre Museum Pyramid Entrance in Paris

Pyramid Entrance to the Louvre in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The main entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris is through this modern glass pyramid designed by American architect I.M. Pei.

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Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel in Paris

Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel in Paris is not the famous Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysses. This arch is in the Jardin des Tuileries near the Louvre.

The smaller Arch de Triomphe du Carroussel was built by Napoleon at about the same time as the larger Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysses, but is at the east end of the Jardin des Tuileries near the Louvre Museum. The four horses atop the arch were designed by Bosio and added in 1828. The large statues are of Napoleonic soldiers wearing the different uniforms of Napoleon's army.

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Louvre Museum in Paris

Louvre Museum in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel Near the Louvre Museum in Paris

Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel Near the Louvre Museum in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

This smaller arch was built by Napoleon at the same time as the larger, more famous Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysses.

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Barge Home on the Seine River in Paris

Barge Home on the Seine River in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

River cruise ships travel the Seine River from Paris to the Normandy coast, and some people live on barges docked along the Seine River in Paris.

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Eiffel Tower View from Seine River Bridge in Paris

Eiffel Tower View from Seine River Bridge in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Barge Homes on the Seine River in Paris

Barge Homes on the Seine River in Paris
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine River in Paris, France

Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine River in Paris, France
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Walking Along the Seine River in Paris, France

Walking Along the Seine River in Paris, France
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Pont Alexandre III - Bridge in Paris, France

Pont Alexandre III - Bridge in Paris, France
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Pont Alexandre III is one of the most beautiful bridges in the world.

The Alexandre III bridge connects the Grand and Petit Palais on the right bank of the Seine with the Hotel Invalides on the left bank of the Seine River. Tsar Nicolas of Russia laid the first stone in October 1896. The bridge was named after his father, Tsar Alexander III. The Pont Alexandre III opened just in time for the Universal Exposition of 1900.

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Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France

Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Hotel des Invalides was the first home for French war veterans and was built between 1671 and 1675 by Louis XIV.

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Grand Palais in Paris, France

Grand Palais in Paris, France
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Grand Palais was built as an exposition hall for the 1900 World's Fair in Paris.

Like the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais was not planned as a permanent addition to Paris, and was supposed to be torn down after the 1900 World's Fair. However, over 100 years later it still stands as an exhibition museum.

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Statue on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France

Statue on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Statue on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France

Statue on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France
Paris, France Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Notre Dame (c) Linda Garrison

Notre Dame de Paris is a wonderful example of Gothic architecture. Its soaring roof, spectacular windows, and flying buttresses confirm why this cathedral was considered a symbol of paradise. A visit to Paris is not complete without a tour of Notre Dame de Paris. The cathedral is located near a Metro station on the Seine River, so it is certainly easy to find if you are on a Seine River Cruise. Construction on Notre Dame was begun in 1163, and the cathedral was finished in the 13th century. Since its completion, Notre Dame has been a symbol of all of France. When you visit Paris, be sure to take time to closely observe the details on the facade and interior. And, don't miss the wonderful gargoyles!

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