Within Paris there are 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 easiest method to see and photograph the bridges of Paris originates from the Seine River itself. Countless river cruises will take you through the main area 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 a later time; it’s one reason to be in Paris to begin with!
Most of the large boats leave make up the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower and these boats are “huge” carrying over 300 passengers or even more. For photography my preference is the smaller boats leaving from Pont Neuf that carry fewer people and don’t serve food. Arrive at the cruise terminal early and try to obtain a seat at the front in the boat to find the best views. The evening light is stunning so try to be on among the last river trips before sunset, this can be a very photogenic time to be on the river.
The river Seine along with its many famous bridges in Paris are memorable sites to visit. Naturally, you will often end up across the Seine, because many of the favorite points to see in Paris lie on its banks; such as, the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee d’Orsay a whole bunch more.
Unlike inside london, where the bridges are so long, you may find yourself utilizing the ones in Paris, as the river isn’t so wide, and because the bridges are extremely handy to where you are and where you are going to want to go.
You can also take a boat ride on the Seine, and it’s quite romantic. There are several different boat lines serving the river. You can enjoy a meal or even a drink. Usually the one I took was at night, and many 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 up to the Eiffel tower, turned around just beyond that, circled the Isle St. Louis once again and returned me towards the Pont Neuf.
The Petit Pont (Little Bridge) is actually a sentimental favorite of mine since 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 in the same spot in which the first bridges across the Seine were placed.
Pont Neuf (the newest 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, along with a place xobmso, at anytime, a number of the old-timers may be observed fishing. The bastions (rounded bow areas) in the bridge give it its charm and uniqueness.
Pont Alexandre III (named for Tsar Alexander of Russia) is quite possibly the most ornate bridge in Paris, featuring its gilt, cherubs and lamps. It absolutely was to represent French-Russian friendship. It leads majestically to the Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed.