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 they are in the central tourism area between the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most photogenic areas of Paris, likely just about the most photogenic cities in the world!
Perhaps the simplest way to see and photograph the bridges of Paris originates from the Seine River itself. Countless river cruises will take you through the key area of the Seine, often while sipping on wine and eating good food. I don’t recommend this food and wine habit for photography however because you will get little in the form of photographs. Save that for any later time; it’s a primary reason to be in Paris in the first place!
A lot of the large boats leave form the vicinity in the Eiffel Tower and these boats are “huge” carrying in excess of 300 passengers or maybe more. For photography my preference will be the smaller boats leaving from Pont Neuf that carry fewer people and don’t serve food. Arrive at the cruise terminal early and attempt to get yourself a seat in front from the boat to find the best views. The evening light is stunning so attempt to be on one of the last river trips before sunset, this can be a very photogenic time to be on the river.
The river Seine along with its many famous bridges in Paris are memorable sites to visit. Naturally, you will sometimes end up across the Seine, because many of the favorite things to see in Paris lie on its banks; such as, the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee d’Orsay a great deal more.
Unlike in London, where bridges are extremely long, you may actually find yourself making use of the ones in Paris, because the river isn’t so wide, and because the bridges are extremely handy to what your location is and where you will want to go.
You can also take a boat ride on the Seine, and it’s quite romantic. There are several different boat lines serving the river. You can love a meal or a drink. The main one I took was during the night, and lots of the sites were well lit for passengers’ enjoyment; a hostess gave a commentary spanning 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 for the Pont Neuf.
The Petit Pont (Little Bridge) is really a sentimental favorite of mine since it was just around the corner from my hotel on the rue de la Huchette and led me for the place I might 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 brand new Bridge) is actually a misnomer, for it will be the oldest bridge within 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 it with 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 had been to represent French-Russian friendship. It leads majestically towards the Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed.