October 22, 2012

A little ride down the Seine

The great thing about having guests to visit is that you end up doing activities
you would have never done otherwise ... like taking a "bateau mouche"
down the river Seine.

The Tour Eiffel is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011.

Most people consider the 19th century Pont Alexandre III the most beautiful bridge in Paris. It is without a doubt the city's most opulently decorated bridge.

The Pont Alexandre III opened just in time for the Universal Exposition of 1900 together with several structures that still stand today like the Gare d'Orsay, the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais. 

It is also often used as a backdrop for fashion shots.

On each end of the Pont Alexandre III are large gilded statues on 17 meters high granite pillars. Each of the ornaments on the bridge was created by a different artist.

The history of the Musée d'Orsay, of its building is quite unusual. In the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could be seen as the first "work of art" in the Musee d'Orsay, which displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.

Not the largest cathedral in the world, the Notre-Dame might be the most famous of all cathedrals. The gothic masterpiece is located on the Île de la Cité, a small island in the heart of the city.

For more than 60 years, the Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches has told a love story to generations of passengers, those who are curious, poets, those who are romantic or in love...

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