Paris – Bridges, Buildings (big & small) and a Pompideau

– JULY 25, 2015

In one of the central intersections stands the Luxor Obelisk.

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Luxor Obelisk

A small walk from the Obelisk takes you to the infamous Louvre Museum.  We have been inside on previous trips, so we skipped the interior tour on this trip (and we only have so many days in Paris).  As it hit dusk we caught some pictures with the Louvre pyramids lighting up.  See below.

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Louvre

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Louvre

A photographer and a model were taking high fashion pictures by the Louvre pyramids.  I saw their angle and I thought it was strange with the pyramids in front of each other.  I went to the side view where I could see the model lined up beside the pyramids in a progression of size and impact.  The red dress flowing in the breeze just makes this picture stand out in perfection.

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Louvre – check out this photo I caught while a model did a fashion shot from another angle. This picture turned out amazing and the progression of person to pyramid to larger pyramid with the moon overhead is perfect.

By the Port Alexandre III Bridge stands the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais.  Museums across the street from each other.

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The Grand Palais

 

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The Petit Palais

Along the riverbank is the Pont des Arts Bridge.  This is famous for a few reasons, but over the years people have placed padlocks onto the bridge guardrail structure with messages written on them.  Some of the locks are now being removed by the Paris government due to the excess weight impacting the guardrail structure.

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The padlocks placed on the Pont des Arts Bridge

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The padlocks placed on the Pont des Arts Bridge – Jill’s contribution

The Port Alexandre III Bridge has some tremendous golden sculptures on display throughout the length of the bridge.  This bridge was seen on the episode of the Sopranos where Carmella goes to Paris with her friend and walks this bridge.  She says “who could have built this“…indeed, as we don’t see things this majestic built today.

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

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The Port Alexandre III Bridge

The Pompideau Centre is an architectural wonder where the structure has been expressed on the exterior of the building, not concealed within the interior of the building.  Different colours represent water, ventilation, sewage, and electrical lines over the exterior shell.

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Pompideau Centre

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Pompideau Centre

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Pompideau Centre

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Pompideau Centre

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Pompideau Centre

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Pompideau Centre

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Pompideau Centre

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Pompideau Centre

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Pompideau Centre

A collection of modern art is held within this museum.  Some selected items are shown below.

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

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Pompideau Centre – Modern Art Display

More Paris fun to come next!

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.

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