Thursday, March 30th, 2017
There is no doubt that the lifeblood of Paris is the Seine, people particularly locals gravitate toward it, and you have to cross it several times per day to see the highlights of Paris. The bridges (ponts) across the river are not merely functional and are monuments and fine architecture in their own right. In total there are 36 bridges linking the two main banks and islands in the city. The Paris bridges that are most ornately designed and worthy are discovery are:
Pont Alexandre III – is arguably Paris’s most beautiful bridge with its cupids and lamps. It crosses between the Grand and Petit Palaces and the Hotel des Invalides. This is one of the most picturesque places in the city with amazing views both ways up the river.
Pont Neuf – another favorite of many visitors, and the oldest present bridge although ironically Neuf means New in French! It is over 400 years old and at the time controversial but now very much a piece of the Paris landscape. This bring crosses the Western end of Ile de la Cite joining the island and the two
Pont de L’Ama – is a famous bridge as it crosses the tunnel in which Princess Diana died in 1997, and is a place of pilgrimage for good wishers.
Pont des Arts – crosses between the Louvre and Faubourg St Germain and is often the site of street performances and festivals being at the heart of the City. It is a more modern bridge made of steel arches with wooden pedestrian foot boards – it does not have access for vehicles. It is also one of the famous locations of the love locks in Paris, with the keys thrown into the Seine the locks engraved with the lovers name remain there to symbolize everlasting love.
Pont Royal – bridges the Tuileries with the Faubourg Saint-Germain region and once one of the main bridges. It has five classical arches.
Pont de Bir-Hakeim – is a double-decker Art-Nouveau bridge carrying a road and the metro line. Its an exciting ride across it on the metro line as the bridge rattles and you get a glimpse up and down the river.