Wednesday Postcard: Pont Alexandre III in Paris

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features a watercolor rendering of the Pont Alexandre III in Paris.

During my first visit to Paris in the summer of 1995, I recall taking a break at a food stand located near the base of the Eiffel Tower. I ordered a saucisson-beurre baguette and an Orangina.

As I ate, I examined the handful of Paris postcards I had just bought from nearby vendors. The food stand owner noticed and asked me where I was from. “California,” I told him.

With raised eyebrows, he pointed to a Los Angeles postcard that was taped near the cash register. I shook my head and said, “I’m closer to San Francisco.” He then gave me his business card and asked me if I could send him a postcard from San Francisco.

A man after my own heart! As a fellow collector of postcards, I was naturally happy to oblige.

Shortly after New Year’s, I was pleasantly surprised to receive this beautiful postcard from him featuring the Pont Alexandre III and the Eiffel Tower. It was so thoughtful!

Pont Alexandre III

  • The bridge was built for the World Fair that was held in Paris in 1900
  • It was named after the Russian Tsar, Alexander III by the French government to celebrate Russian-French alliance
  • It connects Les Invalides on the Left Bank of the Seine River to the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais on the Right Bank
  • With its cherubs, winged horses, lamps, and pillars topped with gilded sculptures, the Pont Alexandre III is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in Paris

For more information:

Paris Tourist Info – Pont Alexandre III

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

Wednesday Postcard: Le Pont Neuf in Paris

Paris at night Le Pont Neuf and La Conciergerie

photo: J-M Charles

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features le Pont Neuf in Paris. I bought the postcard during my first trip to France in 1995.

  • Le Pont Neuf (“the new bridge”) was constructed between 1578 and 1607, making it the oldest bridge over the Seine River in Paris
  • The bridge has five arches that connect the Ile de la Cité to the left bank (Rive Gauche) and seven arches that connect the Ile de la Cité to the right bank (Rive Droite)
  • Restoration of the bridge began in 1994 and completed in 2007 in time for its 400th anniversary

The postcard also features the Conciergerie, the medieval palace that was converted to a Palace of Justice and then a prison during the French Revolution.

For more information:

Pont Neuf – Paris Tourist Office

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

Wednesday Postcard Bonjour Darlene