Notre Dame Cathedral and La Seine

A lovely view of Notre Dame Cathedral, bathed in warm late afternoon light, with La Seine in the foregroundCanon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens

Both Notre Dame Cathedral and La Seine are major tourist icons in Paris.

La Seine

La Seine winds its way through northern France, and the great city of Paris, along its 776 km (482 mile) long journey to the English Channel at Le Havre. An important commercial artery the banks of La Seine were added by UNESCO to its list of World Heritage Sites in Europe in 1991.

The river has a colorful and somewhat tragic past. It's long been known as a place for suicides and also as a place to dump murdered corpses. Not quite what the casual tourists expects!

At night the river is particularly beautiful and remains a great place to tour the city. Your view from the river will include many of the cities most stunning monuments, historic buildings and ornate bridges including the following:

The above photo includes both the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral and La Seine. It was made in mid August with the benefit of late afternoon warm light. The approaching storm clouds provided a great contrast with the warmly lit stone of the cathedral, bridge and surrounding buildings.

You haven't really been to France without a visit to Paris. Likewise, its important that your visit to Paris includes the grand Notre Dame and the beauty of La Seine.

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