With its broad meanders, its reflections and its pearly light, the Seine valley, from Paris to Honfleur, was frequently painted by the Impressionists. Some, such as Eugène Boudin or Claude Monet, even lived by the river. During their time, marked by rapid industrialisation, the landscapes of the Seine were changing rapidly, with the appearance of metal bridges and factory chimneys. New attitudes, arising from these changes in society, lead to the development of leisure activities, including notably open-air waterside taverns – the famous "guinguettes”. On both banks of the river, many sites keep alive the memory of those times.
From Paris to the sea, the Impressionist Seine
This tour follows the Seine from Paris to the sea, revealing the light, landscapes and monuments that marked Impressionist painters.
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