Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Seine

John and I have a deep affection for cities that have rivers running through them -- think London, Rome, Istanbul, Boston -- and Paris and the Seine are extra special. So accessible! Such vistas!
Here we see Notre Dame cathedral and Pont de la Tournelle in the distance from Pont de Sully just east of Île St-Louis.
The pedestrian Pont St-Louis connecting Île de la Cité and Île St-Louis often features talented buskers like this little jazz combo. They were dressed  in US Army fatigues and playing "Cow-Cow Boogie".
Here we're looking from île de la Cité across the Pont d'Arcole at the fanciful architecture of the town hall or Hôtel de Ville as a tour boat passes.
On the other side of Île de la Cité next to Notre Dame we're looking across the Pont au Double at the Port de Montebello and the Left Bank.
I love how the steps lead down to the Seine here on the Port de Montebello.
Farther west, across from the Musée D'Orsay, a lone traveller rests and takes in the view.
I like to think that after her rest she climbed the beautifully designed pedestrian bridge, Pont Solferino and crossed to visit the museum,
or wandered westward along the Tuileries to catch a glimpse of the Pont Alexandre III and the Eiffel Tower. What a magical, ever-changing stream in all seasons, all lights!


  1. I feel the same way about bridges - there is something very romantic about them. One day we should put together a display of bridge photos - like the art exhibit of bridges at the Avignon Papal Palace when we visited. Love your shots - but especially the first one with the people sitting on the banks! BTW, I noticed a few mattresses under the overhang when we walked by...

  2. Love the idea of a display of bridge photos, rarecat! The Tiber and its bridges is my other fave river in a city.