Within Paris you will find 37 bridges over the Seine River, many with interesting architectural features and most with an interesting history. The majority of they are within the central tourism area between the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, just about the most photogenic areas of Paris, likely just about the most photogenic cities in the world!
Perhaps the best way to see and photograph the bridges of Paris is from the Seine River itself. Countless river cruises will take you thru the key portion of the Seine, often while sipping on wine and eating good food. I don’t recommend this food and wine habit for photography however as you will get little in the way of photographs. Save that for any later time; it’s one reason to stay in Paris to begin with!
The majority of the large boats leave constitute the vicinity from the Eiffel Tower and these boats are “huge” carrying in excess of 300 passengers or more. For photography my preference is definitely the smaller boats leaving from Pont Neuf that carry fewer people and don’t serve food. Reach the cruise terminal early and try to obtain a seat at the front of the boat to get the best views. The evening light is stunning so try to be on one of many last river trips before sunset, this can be a very photogenic time for you to be on the river.
The river Seine as well as its many famous bridges in Paris are memorable sites to visit. Naturally, you will sometimes discover youself to be across the Seine, because many of the favorite items to see in Paris lie on its banks; including, the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee d’Orsay a whole bunch more.
Unlike in London, in which the bridges are so long, you may find yourself making use of the ones in Paris, because the river isn’t so wide, and furthermore, as the bridges are extremely handy to where you stand and where you are going to wish to go.
You can also have a boat ride on the Seine, and it’s quite romantic. There are several different boat lines serving the river. You can love a meal or a drink. Usually the one I took was at nighttime, and lots of the sites were well lit for passengers’ enjoyment; a hostess gave a commentary spanning a microphone. The boat trip I took I caught below Pont Neuf, and it also circled the Isle St. Louis, then went all the way to the Eiffel tower, turned around just beyond that, circled the Isle St. Louis once more and returned me for the Pont Neuf.
The Petit Pont (Little Bridge) is really a sentimental favorite of mine as it was just nearby from my hotel on the rue de la Huchette and led me to the place I might usually begin my days in Paris: the cathedral Notre Dame. This bridge, dating from 1853, is within the same spot where first bridges throughout the Seine were placed.
Pont Neuf (the brand new Bridge) is really a misnomer, for this is the oldest bridge on the Seine in Paris, dating back to 1607. Beneath it lies the beautiful and romantic Square du Vert-Galant, a terrific picnic spot, as well as a place xobmso, at anytime, some of the old-timers may be observed fishing. The bastions (rounded bow areas) from the bridge give it its charm and uniqueness.
Pont Alexandre III (named for Tsar Alexander of Russia) is by far the most ornate bridge in Paris, with its gilt, cherubs and lamps. It absolutely was to represent French-Russian friendship. It leads majestically to the Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed.