A Seine river cruise through France is ideal for art, history and wine lovers alike, offering travelers an opportunity to experience architectural marvels like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral, Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny, and Normandy’s famous landing beaches.
Here are 5 fast facts you may not have known about the Seine River:
- The Seine is France’s third-longest river, extending 485 miles from Dijon to the English Channel.
- The river has been the subject of many famous impressionist paintings, including Monet’s Bathers at La Grenouillere and Renoir’s Seine River at Asnieres.
- The Seine still supplies about half of the water used in Paris.
- Each summer in Paris, roadways on the banks of the Seine are closed and covered in sand and palm trees, transforming them into Paris Plages, or Paris Beaches.
- Joan of Arc’s ashes were scattered in the Seine at Rouen.