Saturday, July 08, 2006

Must been talking to an angel...


This photo is of one of the many sculptures lining the (bridge) Pont Alexandre III. It was built between 1896 and 1900 and is known for its Art Nouveau lamps. Tsar Alexander III of Russia laid the foundation stone in October 1896, and had to be built so that it would not block the view of the Champs-Elysees or the Invalides when finished. It was inaugurated, like many other structures nearby, in 1900 for the World’s Fair. Have a nice week-end.

24 comments:

  1. I don't mean to sound like a 2 year old, but that bridge is just WAY COOL. The statues are just incredible and the views from that bridge ... ahhhh.... (sigh)

    Good memories ...

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  2. Eric, what a fantastic shot! You've managed to show a new view of this beautiful bridge.
    Good luck tomorrow, best wishes from Madrid!

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  3. tamate and carmen are right! It's sucha splendid bridge, and you've captured this new perspective in beautiful light. The figure on the right seems like it could come alive at any moment. I love the pale blue with the bronze!
    -Kim

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  4. As well, this is my favourite bridge in Paris (even if it is a bit cliché to say so!). But Tomate got it right, the views from this bridge are the best. The fact that it had to be built in a manner as to not block the view of the Champs-Elysées is a fact I did not know.

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  5. Pont Alexandere III certainly is a fine bridge. I've tried to take several photos of it from the Bateaux Mouches but the photos are always blurry. The Pont des Arts still holds a special place in my heart, too. I like the history I'm learning from Eric and all you commenters. Merci.
    Allez Les Bleus!

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  6. I love this bridge very much too.
    It is probably the most grandiose bridge in Paris.
    Great and original pic!

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  7. wonderful shot eric! the blue sky and the copper coloured statue and post really compliment each other.

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  8. Eric, I love when you show a picture if something I've taken a picture of and yours is so great like I'm seeing it for real!

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  9. Perfect shoot. L'angle, la couleur... image parfaite. Boy, do I miss Paris!
    Here's a scan of an ad I found in a surfer magazine [connecting Paris & L.A.]: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35282034@N00/184556074/
    Love your blog, Eric. Continues de nous faire rêver...

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  10. impression qu'il va nous charcuter celui la...

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  11. Nice angel and angle (they are some form of angels?). the shadows make the sculpture realistic.

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  12. goosh! i've also taken one photo of almost the same :O) !! except that mine is b/w and of more close-up to the face of the little angle! it was as well a sunny blue sky afternoon of a spring few years ago... People have changed, but this little pretty angle seems to be untouched... graceful as forever :)

    Thanks for your information of the pont.

    nice weekend to all!

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  13. Eric, I LOVE your photos! I just returned from Paris last week and had an excellant time. Your site is helping me feel like I am not so far away...Thanks!

    Good Luck to France this weekend!

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  14. Eric, I'm just laughing now because at least at this point, you have more comments on the photo of the French jock strap supporter photo than the ever so lovely Pont Alexandre III. What a cultured bunch we are!

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  15. Now how often have I walked over this bridge and the other you have shown recently. Lots and lots Eric. I still miss Paris from afar, well not really that far and as always thanks for the memories, the great images and great commentry.

    Allez les Bleus.

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  16. I love the Angel sculpture and never knew what the story was behind the sculptures lining the bridge. Thanks for sharing this.

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  17. Very nice shot! I saw Luc Besson introduce his latest film 'Angel A' at our film festival last night - coincidentally it involves an angel in Paris! she saves a guy jumping off a bridge - I'm not sure if it's this one though! Great post Eric.

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  18. What an incredible photo, Eric - I've made it my desktop background.

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  19. This is a nice photo but the description isn't quite accurate- Tsar Alexander III died in 1894, and his son Tsar Nicholas II laid the cornerstone with his wife Alexandra Feodorovna.

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