Left Bank (Rive Gauche), Paris

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Left Bank (Rive Gauche) is the southern bank of the river Seine in Paris. Here, you’ll find the river flows roughly westward, cutting the city in two. The area is widely known for its once famous inhabitants, such as celebrated artist Pablo Picasso, who lived on the Left Bank throughout the war years.

When you visit now, Left Bank (Rive Gauche) is an affluent neighborhood of middle class homes, shopping boutiques, and restaurants, and also encompasses many of the city’s most renowned attractions. You’ll find the iconic Eiffel Tower, the creative hub of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, and the Latin Quarter, which holds some of the most stunning architecture in Paris. Add Left Bank (Rive Gauche) to your Paris travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Paris trip builder website .
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  • Hotel tourist groups often in the upmarket fashion shops, streets and buildings that are not so much like hotel staff and lovely rooms sit down on the left bank of Paris for the fifth time evening meal and in the shops of their Latin, art appreciation day & became like that Paris tourism
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  • The left bank is a pleasant walk along the Seine from the Eiffel Tower for example. Avoid the field of Mars in places dirty but especially poorly attended. It is possible to walk along the Seine at the foot of the quai d'Orsay by going back to the bridge of the invalides to admire the Alexandre III bridge and the hotel invalids. The esplanade of the invalides is an ideal place to rest a bit before resuming the ballad to the Orsay Museum located on the quai Anatole France. At the level of the General Assembly it will have a lovely view of the bridge of the Concorde and its emblematic place. Then results in the most romantic part of the ballad in the face of the île de la Cité with beautiful views over Notre Dame to finish the ballad to the garden of plants.
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  • I think less like Office has become a meeting place for groups of tourists compared to the right bank. I think the location was deserted Sunday. If you are ready to shop on the right bank and left bank shop I to shop on the left bank.
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