Within Paris you can find 37 bridges over the Seine River, many with interesting architectural features and most with an interesting history. The majority of these are within the central tourism area between the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, probably the most photogenic areas of Paris, likely probably the most photogenic cities in the world!
Perhaps the best way to see and photograph the bridges of Paris is from the Seine River itself. Countless river cruises will require you thru the key portion 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 for any later time; it’s one reason to remain Paris to begin with!
Most of the large boats leave constitute the vicinity from the Eiffel Tower and those boats are “huge” carrying in excess of 300 passengers or more. For photography my preference is definitely the smaller boats leaving from Pont Neuf that carry fewer people and don’t serve food. Get to the cruise terminal early and then try to obtain a seat in the front of the boat to get the best views. The evening light is stunning so make an effort 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 go to. Naturally, you will sometimes discover youself to be along the Seine, because many of the favorite points to see in Paris lie on its banks; like, the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee d’Orsay and so much more.
Unlike in the uk, where bridges are really long, you may find yourself utilizing the ones in Paris, since the river isn’t so wide, and since the bridges are so handy to what your location is and where you are likely to wish 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 have a meal or perhaps a drink. The one I took was during the night, and many 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, and it also 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 actually a sentimental favorite of mine because it was just around the corner from my hotel on the rue de la Huchette and led me for the place I would personally usually begin my days in Paris: the cathedral Notre Dame. This bridge, dating from 1853, is incorporated in the same spot where the first bridges throughout the Seine were placed.
Pont Neuf (the brand new Bridge) is a misnomer, for it is the oldest bridge over the Seine in Paris, dating back to 1607. Beneath it lies the gorgeous 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) from the bridge provide its charm and uniqueness.
Pont Alexandre III (named for Tsar Alexander of Russia) is probably the most ornate bridge in Paris, featuring its gilt, cherubs and lamps. It was to represent French-Russian friendship. It leads majestically for the Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed.