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The city of Paris

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The Gallic tribe of Parisii had established the oppidum of Lutetia around present-day Nanterre. The Romans will not be able to take it, because the Gauls set it on fire. They were nevertheless defeated shortly after on the current Champ de Mars, and it was the Romans who transferred Lutetia to the current location of Paris.

 

The Seine in Paris

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Paris is a threshold of the river, which explains the appearance of islands by sedimentation. It has been the center of life there with many activities: mills on boats towards the Pont au Change, timber stevedores, who dismember the timber from rafts, pit sawyers, carpenters, hemp growers and tail-makers, horse breeders. , blacksmiths, wash-house boats… In the Middle Ages, merchants gathered in the merchants 'parlor to discuss their regulations, and instructed the merchants' provost to enforce it. This foreshadowed the future office of mayor and the powerful corporation, which had the monopoly of supply by river, constituted, without having been invested, the municipality of Paris.

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The coat of arms of Paris

Flanked by the motto “fluctuat nec mergitur”, this symbol of Paris gives pride of place to the Seine. It was Philippe Auguste, who left for the Crusades, was the first to integrate a boat into the Parisian coat of arms.

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The water ticks

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They were boats pulled by horses and used by travelers from the 17th to the 19th century.

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Canals

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We owe the Canals of Paris to Napoleon I, who wanted to remove unpleasant activities from the city. The lock of the Bras de la Monnaie in 1853, then the lock of Suresnes in 1867 put Paris in deep water and made the canals lose their interest.

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Austerlitz

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Before the construction of the Gare d'Austerlitz, there was a project for a boat station, which prefigured the principle of the ports of Gennevilliers or Bonneuil sheltered from the river.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Swan Island

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Should not be confused with the former Île des Cygnes, attached at the end of the 18th century to the bank, which constitutes the current Port de la Bourdonnais opposite the Bramly quay, and which served as a cemetery, in particular for 1,200 victims of St Barthélémy. The Ile aux Cygnes, the smallest island in Paris, originally a simple dike, was created from scratch in 1825. It houses the replica of the Statue of Liberty, and almost hosted an urban airfield, designed by the architect André Lurçat in the 1930s. It set up a river freight station as part of the Port of Grenelle.

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The boats at Aubes on wheels for Rouen

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From 1836 to 1838, it is from the Quai d'Orsay that the passenger boats leave for Rouen, then the pier is pushed back to Pecq next to Versailles, which the passengers join by train. It is then the waterway which is the preferred mode of transport on the Seine basin. First of all complementary, the railway will then overcome its competitor.

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The Touage

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The French towing technique was developed at the beginning of the 19th century, allowing a boat using a chain at the bottom of the water and using a steam engine to tow up to 15 barges. The rest will be taken, once the channels have been deepened, by propeller boats, fly boats and tugs.

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The open-excursion boat

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They appear in Lyon in 1864, and arrive in Paris in 1867, after the impoundment of the Suresnes lock. Very quickly very popular, the first mass urban transport.

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The rain in Paris

As strange as it may seem, the rainiest month is May (63.2 mm of water on average), the least rainy month is February (41.2 mm).

 
 

" Paris is the only city in the world where the river flows between two rows of books "

Blaise Cendrars

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BOOKSELLERS

Corporation born in the 16th century, which today has 217 booksellers for 900 boxes (length 2 m, width 0.75 m, green "wagon" like the Wallace fountains, Morris columns, or subway entrances).

Candidates for the classification of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Unesco.

Emblem the lizard, because flourishes in the sun.

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THE SEINE THROUGH THE CENTURIES

Booksellers are opening a new store ... online.

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1730 - Feu d'artifice entre le Pont-Neuf et le Pont-Royal

1730 - Feu d'artifice entre le Pont-Neuf et le Pont-Royal

1739 - Feu d'artifice sur le Pont-Neuf

1739 - Feu d'artifice sur le Pont-Neuf

1938 - Fêtes d'eau

1938 - Fêtes d'eau

1739 - Le mariage de Madame Louise Elizabeth de France avec l'Infant d'Espagne

1739 - Le mariage de Madame Louise Elizabeth de France avec l'Infant d'Espagne

1739 - Le mariage de Madame Louise Elizabeth de France avec l'Infant d'Espagne

1739 - Le mariage de Madame Louise Elizabeth de France avec l'Infant d'Espagne

Les fêtes historiques

 
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The city of Paris

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The Gallic tribe of Parisii had established the oppidum of Lutetia around present-day Nanterre. The Romans will not be able to take it, because the Gauls set it on fire. They were nevertheless defeated shortly after on the current Champ de Mars, and it was the Romans who transferred Lutetia to the current location of Paris.