Northern France is an enchanting place to explore to get
your fill of art, culture and natural beauty. Paris is said to be one of the
world’s most artistic and beautiful cities, but that’s not the only city on the
Seine worth noting for its art. With a European river
cruise, you can travel down the Seine out of Paris and to stunning
Normandy beaches while stopping for art excursions along the way.
Throughout your visit to Paris you will be able to
experience the rich culture of France through art, architecture and scenery.
Simply walking along the Seine river during sunset or early evening is one of
the most romantic experiences. It is breathtaking to see the lights shimmering
off the water as Paris is an art exhibit in and of itself.
Visiting the Louvre is a must
while river cruising
to or from Paris. If you only have a bit of time to enjoy the museum then make
sure to have a look at the top two pieces there: The Mona Lisa and The Venus de
Milo. These can be accessed in a short amount of time at the Carrousel du
Louvre instead of taking part in the busy main entrance section of the Louvre.
Notre-Dame is an iconic structure in
Paris and is worth visiting as well. Aside from the popular options for
sightseeing, Paris also has some great side trip locations such as the
Versailles and Chartres Cathedral, which are both outside of the city. If you’ve started the river cruise in Paris, you can board
your ship and start to relax as the Seine takes you through some of France’s
best countryside. Bayeux is an interesting place to visit since it is rich in
history, which is depicted through their tapestry.
Along the way to Normandy you can visit the town
Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent the last few months of his life. Giverny
is another enjoyable destination for art fanatics and is where Monet’s Garden
is featured. The D-Day memorial sites will fascinate those who enjoy history. Rouen is a famous destination and is the place where Joan of
Arc was martyred. At Rouen you can choose to enjoy the beaches of Normandy or
to take part in the “Taste of Normandy” tour. There are also guided tours
available that take you to a cathedral and to the Gros Horloge astronomical
clock. Other popular spots include the Chateau Gaillard and the Parish Church
of Le Grand Andelys.