"Quietude in the middle of the city. . ." Statue of Liberty Tip by kokoryko
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Allée des Cygnes is a 600 m long artificial island on the Seine River, between Bir Hakeim bridge and Grenelle bridge between 15th and 16th arrondissements (districts). There are only pedestrians and bikers on this island, and the car traffic is very far, under the tree covered alley, you almost don?t hear it! Many families from the area take their kids there and it is really quiet: people sitting on benches and reading or just looking at the boats passing by, anglers, lovers. . . And from there you can have some interesting views on some famous Parisian monuments and a close look at two Parisian bridges.
On the Grenelle bridge end you can have this interesting view to Bir Hakeim bridge (Ah! Bir Hakeim is just a well in the Libyan Desert where the French troops resisted two weeks to Rommel?s Afrika Korps in 1942, giving time to Montgomery?s troops to gather in El Alamein, and the rest of the story is well known. . . )- well, view to the Bir Hakeim bridge and to a famous Parisian monument (picture 1). . . . . Walk in the shade of the trees and you will soon see a well known statue (picture 2). . . . . . , but before reaching it you can have a look on the shores for some other Parisian monuments, like the ring-shaped ?Maison de Radio France? (picture 3), home to the French National broadcasting corporation, hosting a big concert hall. At the south western end you finally reach the landmark of the Allée des Cygnes (Swans, alley, but there are no swans): la Statue de la Liberté! (picture 4). The statue here is a copy of the Statue of Liberty of New York (offered by the French to the USA), created by Bartholdi; the American community of Paris offered this smaller statue to Paris in 1889 (centenary of the French revolution), but the statue has been turned in 1937, as it was showing its back to the west (America), and now faces west. The Liberty of New York is of course the original, but the first model of this statue, which Bartholdi created (so the first, in design point of view) is in Paris, in a place few know. . . . (Future tip. . . ). On the last picture, is the western end of the island, with the statue, seen from Mirabeau Bridge.
Directions: Metro: Bir Hakeim
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