Monday, July 24, 2006


Two of my favorite poems are inspired by bridges: one grandiose and awe-inspiring, the other a quiet, rolling, almost lullaby-like introspection.

Along the Seine, we certainly had our choice of bridges to cross, marvel at, dream on. Here are a few that we managed to pass during our walk that day:

La Passerelle des Arts: this small steel and wood structure crosses the Seine between the Académie Française and the Louvre. In the evening, on our walk back home, we were happily surprised to find it filled with picknickers.


Pont au Change: note the "N" medallion between each of the spans; this bridge was built during the reign of Napoléon III (second empire). In the background is the Préfecture de la Police.


Pont Neuf: despite its name, this bridge is probably one of the oldest, if not the oldest on the Seine. Rather than span the river, it crosses over to Ile de la Cite.


Pont au Double: probably my favorite on this walk, due to its copper covering which shone in the sun. That's Notre Dame in the background, by the way.

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