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1 October 2015 / leggypeggy

Not all bridges are pretty, but this one is gorgeous

Pont Alexandre III

One end of the Pont Alexandre III. An artist sketches in the right foreground

The weather has been glorious this week in Paris—much better than the rainy, grey days we had when we arrived in August. So it’s been good times for taking outdoor photographs.

Poor John decided that the Champ-Elysées and Pont Alexandre III were perfect places to start so off we went to see Paris’ most famous street and prettiest bridge.

The grandness of the Champs-Elysées is a little hard to capture on film when the streets are primarily crammed with tourists and lined with big-name brand stores.

Pont Alexandre III plaque

Named after Tsar Alexandre III

So this is a tribute instead to the bridge. Built between 1896 and 1900, the Pont Alexandre III commemorates the 1892 alliance between France and Russian. It’s named after Tsar Alexandre III, who laid the foundation stone in 1896.

The bridge is a lavish structure with Art Nouveau decorations. There are gilt and bronze lamps, cupids, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at either end. It’s easy to see why it’s considered the prettiest bridge in Paris.

Pont Alexandre III arch

The bridge is a single-span steel arch across the Seine

It was also considered an engineering marvel of the 19th century. It’s consists of a 6-metre (18-foot) high single-span steel arch over the Seine River. The design had to comply with strict controls that prevented it from obscuring the view of Champs-Elysées.

We walked all the way across and then all the way back, and weren’t once accosted by souvenir sellers or the scammers who want you to guess which cup the ball is under! That made it even prettier in my opinion.

If you’re a fan of all things pretty, here’s a good-looking salad I made for my cooking blog.

Pont Alexandre III Paris

In the middle of the bridge

Pont Alexandre III pillar

One end of the bridge

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  1. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/ / Oct 1 2015 8:04 am

    Schöne Fotos! Danke. sind alle Super. L.G. Wolfgang

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 1 2015 8:11 am

      Thanks so much.

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    • Myriam Lozano / Oct 5 2015 11:42 am

      The next time that i go to Paris I’ll go to see it. I remember the first time that i was there but your beautiful photos make me want to watch better it

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 5 2015 5:05 pm

        I hope you are able to visit there soon. And that the weather is good that day too.

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  2. Dorothy / Oct 1 2015 8:46 am

    You have a good eye for appreciating beauty around you that other people would pass by. I only stopped over in Paris at night to the Lido so missed its daytime beauty. I do remember a scary taxi drive to the airport in the morning. They drive like they are attached to the bumper of the car in front. No allowance for braking distance etc. and at high speed. I was almost wishing for the brown paper bag the airlines have. Have they improved since the sixties?

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 1 2015 3:54 pm

      I haven’t ridden much or driven at all in Paris. But we hired a car to drive from Lyon to the south. I found the drivers in that part of the country remarkably courteous and tolerate, which was a huge relief.

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  3. luckyjc007 / Oct 1 2015 10:05 am

    It’s really beautiful. I would love to see it in person.

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  4. Curious to the Max / Oct 1 2015 12:01 pm

    spectacularly beautiful day – almost looks like you photo-shopped the sky!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 1 2015 3:56 pm

      The sky was especially cooperative and I liked that the trees were leafy too.

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  5. lambieland / Oct 2 2015 3:51 am

    You are right Peggy. It is a really beautiful bridge. Thanks for sharing the photography and the info you put in the article. Keep snapping those pics!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 2 2015 6:39 am

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ll do my best to keep snapping.

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  6. Creativitism / Oct 2 2015 8:41 am

    Wow. I’m surely going to visit this place… someday!

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  7. jfreshly / Oct 2 2015 3:49 pm

    Love France. When I graduated from higher learning I went on a two week road trip starting from the French Riviera all the way up to Amsterdam! This post reminded me of that trip thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 2 2015 4:40 pm

      I bet that was a wonderful trip. You’ll have to do it again someday.

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      • jfreshly / Oct 2 2015 5:15 pm

        I hope so! The beaches were really nice. Don’t know if I could handle going to Amsterdam again 🙂 Mount Blanc was incredible would really like to go back there at some point in my life.

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 3 2015 8:13 am

        I have to say that if you want really good beaches, you should come to Australia. I’ll show you some of the finest.

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  8. Thanks for the wonderful pictures. Wishing you a happy weekend.

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  9. Telly / Oct 4 2015 11:59 pm

    I love bridges and this one is really awesome 🙂 !!!

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  10. Lynz Real Cooking / Oct 6 2015 1:44 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!

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  11. tony / Oct 8 2015 4:34 pm

    I love the gilded statues in Paris but was totally unaware of the bridge. Nice article.

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  12. cookiesnchem / Oct 9 2015 11:18 pm

    Wow! I’ve been here, and your photos look even BETTER than the real thing. Amazing!

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