The two richest banks in France? The Left Bank and the Right Bank of the Seine.
There is no ﬁner place than the Seine from which to view the gems of Paris: Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Grand Palais—even the Eiffel Tower, appearing around each sinuous curve as the river winds northwest toward the sea.
More than 2,000 years of Parisian history have ﬂowed along these shores, beginning with the pre-Roman settlement on the river’s Ile de la Cité and stretching to the Belle Époque and beyond. The blood of the French Revolution, Napoleon’s Battle of Paris, and World War II has colored these waters, but such darkness seems impossible when you see the city’s lights reflected on the world’s most romantic river. Lovers, look no farther: You have found Paris’s liquid heart.
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