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 these are in 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 is going to take you thru the primary part of the Seine, often while sipping on wine and eating good food. I don’t recommend this food and wine habit for photography however since you will get little in the way of photographs. Save that to get a later time; it’s a primary reason to remain Paris to start with!
A lot of the large boats leave form the vicinity in the Eiffel Tower and these boats are “huge” carrying over 300 passengers or 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 get yourself a seat in front from the boat to get the best views. The evening light is stunning so attempt to be on one of the last river trips before sunset, this is 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 frequently discover youself to be over the Seine, because most of the favorite things to see in Paris lie on its banks; such as, the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee d’Orsay and so much more.
Unlike inside london, where the bridges are really long, you may actually find yourself making use of the ones in Paris, since the river isn’t so wide, and since the bridges are really handy to where you stand and where you will desire to go.
You can also take a boat ride on the Seine, and it’s quite romantic. There are a few different boat lines serving the river. You can love a meal or a drink. Usually the one I took was during the night, and lots of the sites were well lit for passengers’ enjoyment; a hostess gave a commentary more than a microphone. The boat trip I took I caught below Pont Neuf, plus it 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 again and returned me towards the Pont Neuf.
The Petit Pont (Little Bridge) is a sentimental favorite of mine as it was just around the corner from my hotel on the rue de la Huchette and led me for the place I would usually begin my days in Paris: the cathedral Notre Dame. This bridge, dating from 1853, is within the same spot where the first bridges throughout the Seine were placed.
Pont Neuf (the newest Bridge) is 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, and a place xobmso, at anytime, a number of the old-timers may be seen fishing. The bastions (rounded bow areas) of 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, with its gilt, cherubs and lamps. It was to represent French-Russian friendship. It leads majestically for the Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed.