Loved cruising down the Seine in Paris one warm evening as the sun shone and thoroughly enjoyed the changes of color reflected by the water as my little boat passed by the beautiful buildings, the riverboats, the 37 very handsome bridges that compose one of the worlds grandest, yet most endearing city-scapes.
Along the Seine river are two great sets of urban spectacle in the contemporary world. The first sweeps down from the Palais de Chaillot on the Right Bank, crosses the river to the Eiffel Tower, and continues through the gardens of the Champ-de-Mars to the 18th-century Ecole Militaire; the other begins at the Seine and marches up a broad esplanade to the golden dome of the Invalides.
Initially, I was rather confused about the “right bank” and “left bank” and took some time to figure out which side of the riverbank I was standing on. I soon found that the system is actually very simple and was so devised because the river’s curvy nature often does make orientation difficult. The trick is to remember when you face DOWNRIVER the left bank is on your left and the right bank is on your right. If you can’t figure out which way the water is flowing (don’t look at the boats, they go upstream too!) drop a potato chip or look for some debris and see which way it’s floating. Then you will be able to make it to the Café Les Deux Magots on time, and not end up at La Defense :-).