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Published: January 24th 2021
PARIS - A stroll along the Seine
It was a dull wet day in Paris but it did not spoil our walk along the River Seine.
We started at one of the bridges connecting the left bank to the Ile de la Cite - one of the natural islands on the river Seine & home to the Notre Dame.
Work has now begun on the interior of the cathedral. In early December, the Grand Organ was dismantled and removed. The restoration work, organ reassembly and tuning are projected to finish by April 2024.
As we made our way to the riverside walk we passed green book boxes, known as the Bouquinistes of Paris (booksellers of Paris) where second-hand and specialist antiquarian books of all kinds are sold daily.
There are around 900 of these boxes that sit on top of the walls that line the Seine but due to the Covid pandemic these are currently closed.
Back in 2017 the busy highway that runs along the River officially became a two-mile long pedestrian-only walkway & that’s just where we were headed.
As we strolled we viewed The City Hall (Hôtel de Ville de Paris), the historic building has been the seat of the city’s council since 1977.
We continued to Pont Neuf, considered to be the oldest stone bridge in Paris. Henri IV ordered it to be constructed in 1578. Twelve arches, 384 ‘mascarons’ or grotesque faces decorating the cornices and the equestrian statue of Henri IV, the first to be placed on a public thoroughfare, make the bridge instantly recognizable.
Our tour finished at the The Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge close to the Louvre - where I had started another tour last week.
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