31.10.08

More Seine bridges

Let’s continue the tour of some of the 37 Paris Seine bridges.

Referring to my last post, with a map, I mentioned that there are four bridges made for pedestrians only. They are the Passerelle (foot-bridge) Debilly, Passage (or Passerelle?) Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, Pont (or Passerelle) des Arts and Passerelle Simone-de-Beauvoir. A few other bridges were built for more heavy traffic, but are today open only for walkers.

A few words about two of the pedestrian ones:

The Passerelle Debilly (which got its name from a general) was originally built as a temporary bridge for the Universal Exhibition 1900 – it was ready in 1898. It was slightly deplaced and became permanent in 1906. It got a new floor of exotic wood in 1997. It seems that the bridge was a notorious meeting place for eastern secret services during the Cold War.
We are quite close to the Eiffel Tower, but I would especially recommend the bridge as a connection between the Palais de Tokyo, housing the Paris Museum of Modern Art– also a very nice place for all kinds of exhibitions - on the northern (right) bank and the new Quai Branly Museum for primitive art on the southern (left) bank, designed by Jean Nouvel. One particularity is the “living wall”.

On top of Palais de Tokyo you can until the end of the year find a one-room-hotel, Hotel Everland, with possibly one of the best views in Paris. There might be one or two nights free still before it’s removed; price range 333 – 444 € depending on the day of the week.





The Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor is recent – 1999. It replaced different older bridges (Pont de Solférino) and got its name even later (in 2006) from the former President of Senegal (and poet – the first African to sit in the French Academy) who died in 2001. It has only one single arch and the arch serves as a second level for pedestrians. It has also exotic wooden floors. The bridge has been constructed by the Eiffel Company, still existing. It’s a perfect way to reach the former railway station, now the Quai d’Orsay Museum (with its art from 1848 to 1915, including the impressionists) from the Tuileries Park – or vice versa.
You can find these photos "in full" and as a slide show on Ipernity.

Well, it’s already Friday again! Have a nice weekend!

36 comments:

Ruth said...

That's a terrific view of the Orsay, Louvre and Notre Dame!

Virginia said...

Peter,
You have been very busy this week. My goodness, all the photos. How do you do it? The "living wall". Is there not one similar on the Champs -Elysees? And oh yes, let's try photographing some of these bridges at sunset or after. Just 17!!
V

SusuPetal said...

So beautiful, Peter.

Have a nice weekend.

claude said...

Tout comme les oitures et le métro, les poétons de Paris ont leur little bridges over the trouble water de la Seine !

Olivier said...

j'aime beaucoup la Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor (d'abord car c'est en hommage a un grand homme que j'adore) et puis je trouve son architecture très belle (j'aime la voir de nuit).

hpy said...

Vue sur la Seine, un rêve pour tout parisien (ou presque).

Cergie said...

Un quartier et la passerelle Debilly que je connais bien. Que j'aime beaucoup, avec la tour en vigile bienveillante sur la Seine. Le Quai Branly, la façade végétale de Patrick Blanc. Le Palais de Tokyo et ses expos.
Ils en étaient où les tags au fait ? Et as tu vu le lutin de la statue que j'avais surpris ?

Abraham Lincoln said...

The nice thing about Paris, Peter, and I have not been there, is that you could fall down and still come up with an excellent photograph. It all depends on which way your camera was pointed. I never saw so many interesting and nice places as those you photograph.

Maybe our new President Obama will make it possible for the poorest among us to make a trip to Paris. I sure hope so.

Allo Win said...

donne-moi tous tes bonbons, oui même ceux que tu caches dans tes poches autrement je viens faire sauter ton pont!

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

Fantastic bridge shots peter! If I would live in Paris I could fill a blog like you do daily.Good memories of my trips to Paris I have when looking at your blog THANKS!

Do You wanna see more of my Travel impressions of Portugal? I posted more nice overlooks, please come and visit my blog.

Greetings JoAnn's eyes/Holland
&
Happy weekend!

HZDP said...

Have a nice weekend, Pete!
Well, I'm just doing some homework, I'll be back soon, don't worry.

Nathalie said...

Hi Peter, I'm just back.
Lovely to catch up with your blog. I had no idea there was such thing as a one-room hotel, but of course Paris ought to have one!

Brilliant !

Seda said...

Hi Peter! How are you doing? I was unable to post for a while both (just because of me) and because of "hard to understand" policies against blogger in Turkey. Thanks God, it is all open now and it is all up to my mood again :)

Neva said...

I loved this part of Paris when I was there...the Seine and the bridges and the Eiffel Tower.....I only wish I had been into photography then!!! (the daughter is home from Costa Rica.....with a SERIOUS case of Island fever!!!! Kids ---gotta luv 'em))

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a gorgeous city, Peter! LOVE all photos. Really I must to visit Paris.
Have a nice weekend!

PS: Would be great if you could join us on Ecological Day, next 2 November.

Mona said...

Pedestrian wooden bridges over motes used to scare me as a kid. But now I would love to traverse those!

Yes, my 55ve is up now! :)

marie6 said...

I enjoy these walks with you, thanks for the great photos!

Cutie said...

Gosh it's so beautiful. I remember being on the bridge when I was there. Although I'm not sure which bridge but this looks familiar. Hehe... Wish I could be back there visiting this place. Missing it so dearly.

Marie-Noyale said...

Cette passerelle va bien avec la tour Effel...
Quelle idée etrange que cet hotel!! Pas a mon gout!!
Par contre une petite ballade sur ces passerelles est tres tentante!!
Bon WE.

richard said...

So many bridges, and yet I read once that some Parisian took it as a matter of pride that they had never visited the "other side". Maybe that was a while ago though....

GMG said...

Hi Peter! Your blog is definitely the best Paris guide I know! Now the bridges: You caught them superbly, and the margins also. Great job!
Enjoy your weekend!
Gil

Virginia said...

Abe, You are absolutely right! I had a theory that you couldn't take a bad photo in Paris. My daughter proved me wrong- ha. Nonetheless, it is a photographer's paradise for certain. Be prepared to be bored to tears with mine. How Peter manages so many- so well is beyond me. I'll watch while I'm there and let you know!

Shammickite said...

Peter: you are the perfect Guide to Paris. The bridges are lovely... when we were in Paris we walked across a bridge quite close to the Eiffel Tower, which bridge would that have been?

Peter said...

ruth:
It's easy; just go to Pont Alexandre III and you have this view! (Better light conditions would have been nice.)

virginia:
Just an afternoon along the quays. (I should have started earlier, the light was getting out.) For the "living wall", I don't think so. Let's check together, now in 15days!

susupetal:
It IS a nice walk!

Peter said...

claude:
Merci pour la référence à Paul et Art!

olivier:
Je vais y retourner la nuit ... un jour!

hpy:
Il faut seulement savoir si on veut rive gauche ou droite.

Peter said...

cergie:
Je sais que tu as posté sur le pont et sur le palais... et moi aussi, avec la péniche Marguerite! Les tags sont partis! Pour le lutin, il faut que je retourne. :-)

abraham:
Let's hope so! It would be time that you decide to come this way, dear Abraham!

allo win:
Devant un telle menace...! (J'aurai porté des bonbons, mais sans cette menace!) :-)

Peter said...

joann:
So, you think I'm a bit lazy...(?), only every second day!

hzdp:
Thanks for your explanation. (I was used to the "daily". :-)

nathalie:
Nice to see you back! The "hotel" is just there for a couple of weeks more. It should travel to some other place.

Peter said...

seda:
So nice to see you back!!! Hope you will become regular now again!

neva:
Take good care of her! (I'm sure you will.) :-)

sonia:
Yes, you MUST!! (I will visit your blog the 2nd - today - but I have nothing ecological prepared; sorry!)

Peter said...

mona:
They are waiting for you!! :-)

marie6:
A pleasure to see you join for these walks! :-)

cutie:
You should come back then and try to remember on which bridges you have been! :-) The best would perhaps be to make them all?

Peter said...

marie-noyale:
La chambre a en effet l'air assez stérile, mais la vue doit être splendide!

richard:
There are certainly still some strong defenders of one side or the other!

gmg:
Thanks, but there are so many. You may not know them all! :-) There are some good ones which I have listed in the side-bar!

Peter said...

virginia:
... and vice versa! Now in 17 days!

shammickite:
If it was a pedestrian one, it could have been Debilly. If it was the one in front of the tower, it could have been Iéna. If it... Better come back and check for yourself! :-)

Therese said...

Paris à la "taille piétons."
Superbe approche, je me répète mais c'est ce que je pense à chaque fois en venant ici.

ALAIN said...

Tes photos sont glacées, aujourd'hui. Beaucoup de métal ; quant à la chambre, cela ne me tente pas, mais c'est original.

Ming the Merciless said...

Ahhh...nothing is as beautiful as the Eiffel Tower.

Peter said...

therese:
You can make a large part of Paris by walking and it's generally the best way to explore a site.

alain:
Le temps n'était pas très ensoleillé!

ming:
Well, I like the Tower very much, but.... :-))

Dusty Lens said...

I shall never tire of viewing these bridges over the Seine, merci. However, I would like to view them again in person.