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The Seine runs through the heart of Paris. A walk along the river leads you past typically Parisian book stalls, busy artists and romantic parks, and its banks have served as the backdrop for countless movies. But it’s only from the many bridges that you truly experience the essence of this elegant river, the lifeblood of the city.
The Seine divides the city into two parts. Many people prefer one side to the other: the Rive gauche (Left Bank) is seen as more historic and romantic, while the Rive droite (Right Bank) is hot and happening. What links them are the bridges of Paris: there are as many as 37, each with its own character and each with a different and breathtaking view over the city of love.
Framed by the stunning Île de la Cité and the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, the Pont des Arts is an unbeatable spot from which to watch the sunrise. There are benches along the entire length of the bridge, which are occupied every day by people enjoying the magnificent view over the Seine and the Parisian life passing them by.
The Pont des Arts is also known as the bridge of lovers: they say that if two lovers kiss here, they’ll stay together forever. Completed in 1804, the innovative design was an idea by Napoleon Bonaparte. He wanted a metal bridge over the river to link the Institut de France with the Palais des Arts (as the Louvre was then known), which is where its name originated. Unsurprisingly, the bridge has served as a source of inspiration for countless artists.