The Bridges of Paris – Spectacular Sunrise Views!



Magnificent sunrise over the Seine in Paris

Woke up early on Monday at our Merlot apartment near the river in Paris.  I grabbed my camera and tore out of the apartment for a short run along the Seine.  What a gift, watching the sun rise over Paris!  I gazed in awe from the Pont Alexandre III near the Invalides. The sky turned pink and yellow while the sun slowly rose above the beautiful river, touching the water and the monuments as it rose.

I thought how lucky I was to have this morning: to be in Paris, stay in an apartment near the Seine, to walk to the river a few blcoks away:  the light, the beauty and magic…for these special moments. C’etait magnifique!

Vowed to learn more about the bridge and the bronze statues which range from powerful god-figures to an absolutely charming nymph straddling a wriggling fish. I’m no great runner and it didn’t matter at all when I started to walk. I headed towards the Louvre and slowly wended my way home:  fifteen minutes from the Musee’ d’ Orsay to my door. I loved every moment!

Taking it all in, I was reminded of a book I read by Harlan Coben where the protagonist finds himself in Paris.  It’s a good mystery from an excellent writer.

Harlan Coben from Long Lost:

But more than that, Paris makes you feel alive.
Makes makes you want to feel alive.
You want to do and be and savor when you are here
You want to feel, simply feel, and it doesn’t matter what.
All sensation is heightened
Paris makes you want to cry and laugh and fall in love and write a poem and make love and compose a symphony.

Merci M. Coben, on ne peut pas mieux le dire.



Commanding the sun to rise over Paris



Perfect reflections of the Grand Palais and Pont Alexandre III



Charming and playful statue of a nymph riding a fish!

Every neighborhood of Paris has its special parts, but remember this sunrise. However much I enjoy more distant neighborhoods, from the outer Marais to Montmartre, I’ll always want to live near the Seine.


Water so still buildings and trees perfectly reflected.

12 Responses to “The Bridges of Paris – Spectacular Sunrise Views!”

  1. Gloria Ferrer says:

    Fabulous article! We have a reservation near the Seine in just a few weeks, and after reading this article I can’t wait to rise early and beat the sun and experience the same Harlan Coben memories.

    Gloria Ferrer

  2. Syl Polunsky says:

    Loved it! Four of us have been there twice and stayed in an apartment. One across the Seine from Notre Dame.

  3. Renee says:

    Wonderful photographs of one of my favorite spots in Paris. Thank you for sharing these.

  4. Sheryl Wells says:

    Fabulous photos! I want to be there in Paris too!

  5. Marietta says:

    The pictures are so lovely,I have dreampt of living in Paris my whole life,

  6. Pamela Ferguson says:

    I loved our visit to Paris. We will come stay with Paris Perfect again although we feel we should visit Provence next (before we visit Paris again). Do you have any places in Arles or some place special in Provence? Your photos of Paris are so lovely. We had such a wonderful time at our “Paris Perfect” Pinot apartment. I wish I could live there! But alas, we must live in Austin for now!
    Missing you,

  7. officiel says:

    Indeed, you’re lucky … More than many Parisians.
    Your pictures are beautiful!

  8. madelyn says:

    Hi Pamela,
    Thank you for your kind words! I don’t know of any rentals off hand but will talk to some friends and let you know!

  9. madelyn says:

    Thank you so much!

  10. Elizabeth Savas says:

    What wonderful photos, they make you feel you are there. Thankyou keep them coming. Elizabeth

  11. abigail galang says:

    one of yhe reason why i wanted to come in that place is because of their clothes and shoes! tehy are all good in making it and with the bag as well.. Nice pictures and thank u for sharing it with us..

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