You have probably heard people reference the Right Bank and Left Bank sides of Paris when talking about locations of certain arrondissements (districts), areas like the Marais or St. Germain des Pres, shops and cafes but how can you tell which side is the Right Bank and which side is the Left Bank?
Paris is divided by the Seine River with the Right Bank, also known as Rive Droite, being the north side and the Left Bank, Rive Gauche, being the south side.
But no worries if directions aren’t your thing or you get turned around while touring the city, a major tourist site can help you navigate. Notre Dame Cathedral is located on Ile de Cite which is the exact city center of Paris. If you were to stand with your back to the front of Notre Dame and face towards the Eiffel Tower, on your right side would be the Right Bank (Rive Droite) and on your left side would be the Left Bank (Rive Gauche).
Knowing where Notre Dame is is very helpful in not only knowing if you are on the Right Bank or the Left Bank but also a great landmark to gauge where you are in the city in general.
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Also part of the monthly #AllAboutFrance hosted by Phoebe of Lou Messugo.
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