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Sein River Cruise

Welcome to my blog post about the scenic Seine cruise from Paris to Le Havre! This journey takes a breathtaking adventure through the heart of France, showcasing the country's stunning landscapes and rich history. Cruise along the Seine river, I was immersed in a world of picturesque villages, historical landmarks and breathtaking countryside. This cruise is perfect for those seeking a relaxing and informative way to explore France, with plenty of opportunities to sample the local cuisine and wine along the way. Join me as we take you on a journey you'll never forget!

Villages Along the Seine

Conflans Sainte-Honorine:

  • Visit the Eglise Saint-Maclou: Explore this beautiful church known for its Gothic architecture and stunning stained-glass windows.

  • Visit the Musée de la Batellerie: Discover the history of inland navigation and traditional river boating.

  • After the museum visit, take a break and grab a coffee or a light snack at one of the local cafés in the town centre.

  • Visit the Parc du Prier. This charming park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. Take a leisurely walk through the park's green spaces, and find a peaceful spot for a picnic.

  • Explore the town's streets and discover the local shops and boutiques. You might find unique souvenirs or locally made products to take home.

  • Make your way to the Port de Plaisance, the marina area. Take a stroll along the waterfront and admire the boats and yachts. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance and the views of the river.

  • For dinner, indulge in the local cuisine at one of the restaurants in Conflans Sainte-Honorine. Try traditional French dishes such as coq au vin, escargots, or a delicious cheese platter.

 

Rouen:

  • Visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen: Marvel at the intricate Gothic architecture of this stunning cathedral, famously painted by Claude Monet.

  • Explore the historic centre: Take a walk through the charming streets of Rouen's historic centre, lined with timber-framed houses and quaint shops.

  • Learn at the Musée des Beaux-Arts: Admire the impressive collection of art spanning several centuries at this renowned museum.

  • Visit the Gros-Horloge: See the iconic astronomical clock and climb the belfry for panoramic views of Rouen's rooftops.

Le Havre:

  • Musée d'Art Moderne André Malraux: Visit this modern art museum, housing an extensive collection of 20th-century artworks, including pieces by Monet and Renoir.

  • Relax on the beach: Enjoy the sandy shores of Le Havre and spend a leisurely day sunbathing, swimming, or engaging in beach activities.

  • Visit Maison de l'Armateur: Explore this 18th-century shipowner's house turned museum, showcasing the maritime history of Le Havre and its port.

  • Stroll along the Promenade André Malraux: Take a walk along this waterfront promenade, lined with shops, cafes, and sculptures, offering beautiful views of the sea.

  • Discover the Jardins Suspendus: Explore these elevated gardens on the hillside, offering a tranquil escape and panoramic views of the city.

Honfleur

  • The Vieux Bassin is the picturesque old harbour of Honfleur. This is the perfect spot to take a stroll and admire the colorful houses and boats. You can also enjoy one of the many cafes and restaurants located here.

  • The Sainte-Catherine Church is a beautiful wooden church that was built by the inhabitants of Honfleur in the 15th and 16th centuries. It is the largest wooden church in France. It is dedicated to the fishermen and has several boats inside to commemorate the sailors who have lost their lives..

  • Wander through the Old Town: Honfleur's Old Town is full of charming streets and alleys lined with half-timbered houses. Take a walk and explore the many art galleries, shops and boutiques.

  • Eugene Boudin Museum: He was a famous impressionist painter who was born in Honfleur. The museum is located in the town center and showcases his works as well as other artists who were inspired by Honfleur.

  • Make sure to taste the local Gelato!  Also the wonderful local oysters.

  • Etretat is a small town located about an hour's drive from Honfleur. It is famous for its stunning cliffs and rock formations. If you have the time, take a day trip to Etretat and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Caudebec-en-Caux:

  • Visit Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille: A beautiful Benedictine abbey, known for its stunning architecture and peaceful surroundings.

  • Explore the Musée Victor Hugo: Discover the life and works of the famous French writer Victor Hugo at this museum located in a former presbytery.

  • Walk the Quais Guilbaud riverside promenade, lined with colourful houses and beautiful views of the Seine.

  • Taste local delicacies: Try regional specialties Normandy cheese, cider, and freshly caught seafood.

Giverny:

  • Visit the Musée des Impressionnismes: Explore this museum dedicated to Impressionist art, showcasing works by Monet, Renoir, and other notable artists.

  • Explore Monet's House and Gardens: Visit the former residence and gardens of Claude Monet, where he created a wonderful garden and lake with a redirected stream.  See where he painted the famous waterlilies. It will look very familiar.

15th Arrondissement of Paris, starting from Javel Bas Amont:

  • Explore Parc André Citroën: Located near Javel Bas Amont, this modern park offers beautiful green spaces, water features, and themed gardens. Take a leisurely stroll, enjoy a picnic, or even take a hot air balloon ride for panoramic views of Paris.

  • Visit the Musée de la Poste: Discover the fascinating history of the French postal service at this museum. Learn about the evolution of mail delivery and explore exhibitions showcasing postage stamps, postal artifacts, and interactive displays.

  • Shop at the Beaugrenelle Shopping Centre: Just a short distance from Javel Bas Amont, you'll find the Beaugrenelle Shopping Centre. Indulge in some retail therapy at this modern shopping complex, which houses a wide range of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle stores.

  • Visit the Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles: If you're interested in exhibitions, events, or trade shows, head to the Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles. This vast exhibition center hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from art exhibitions to industry conferences.

Popular attractions and ongoing events in Paris that you can explore:

  • Visit iconic landmarks: Take the opportunity to visit famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, or the Champs-Élysées. These offer timeless beauty and cultural significance.

  • Explore art and culture: Paris is known for its rich artistic heritage. Visit renowned art museums like the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, or Centre Pompidou to admire masterpieces from different periods. You can also explore smaller galleries or attend cultural events showcasing contemporary art.

  • Discover local markets: Paris is home to many vibrant markets you can find culinary delights and local products. Visit Marché Bastille, Marché d'Aligre, or Marché des Enfants Rouges for taste of French gastronomy.

  • Enjoy outdoor activities: Take advantage of the pleasant weather and explore Paris's beautiful parks and gardens. Stroll through Luxembourg Gardens, Parc Monceau, or the Tuileries Garden. You can also enjoy a boat ride on the Seine River or rent a bicycle to explore the city's charming neighbourhoods.

  • Attend music and theater performances: Paris has a thriving music and theatre scene. Check Opéra Garnier, Théâtre du Châtelet, or Philharmonie de Paris for concerts, operas, ballets, or theatrical performances.

 

Unusual

  • Explore the Catacombs of Paris: Descend into the underground tunnels and explore the eerie Catacombs, which house remains of 6 million people. Unique & slightly macabre experience offers a glimpse into city's history.

  • Visit the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature: This offbeat museum showcases an eclectic collection of hunting-related artifacts, taxidermy animals, and contemporary art. It's a fascinating and unconventional museum that explores the relationship between humans and animals.

  • Discover the Petite Ceinture: Take a walk along the abandoned railway tracks of the Petite Ceinture, a former circular railway that encircled Paris. It's now a hidden gem with overgrown vegetation, urban art, and a unique atmosphere away from the usual tourist spots.

  • Explore the Musée des Vampires et Monstres de l'Imaginaire: If you have an interest in the world of vampires and imaginary creatures, this small museum offers an intriguing collection of vampire-related artifacts, books, and artwork. It's a delightfully spooky and unconventional museum experience.

  • Wander through the Promenade Plantée: Inspired by New York's High Line, the Promenade Plantée is an elevated park built on an old viaduct. It offers a tranquil and scenic walk above the streets of Paris, adorned with plants, flowers, and charming views of the surrounding neighbourhoods.

  • Explore Parc Georges Brassens: This tranquil park offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling city. Stroll through its beautiful gardens, visit the book market held on weekends, and relax by the pond. You can also explore the Musée Georges Brassens, dedicated to the famous French singer-songwriter.

  • Visit the Village Saint-Charles: Located near the 15th Arrondissement, this charming neighbourhood offers a taste of village life within the city. Explore the narrow streets, discover local shops, and enjoy a coffee at one of the cosy cafés. It's a hidden gem off the beaten path.

  • Attend a performance at Théâtre Silvia-Montfort: Experience the local theatre scene by catching a show at this intimate venue. Théâtre Silvia-Montfort offers a diverse program, featuring plays, dance performances, and concerts, often showcasing emerging artists and experimental productions.

  • Discover the Village Suisse: Tucked away in the 15th Arrondissement, the Village Suisse is a hidden courtyard filled with antique shops and art galleries. Browse through unique collectibles, vintage furniture, and artworks, and soak in the bohemian atmosphere of this charming enclave.

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