Pont Grenelle-Cadets-de-Saumur,Paris!

Ok so here I am inspire again on writing about the different spots around my eternal Paris. The whole world comes to Paris , yes it is nice, I just wish they see my belle France. As said, Hemingway wrote the Movable Feast printed posthume, if he had traveled more he would have written a second volume, France is a movable feast!

Having said that, let me tell you about some of the bridges of Paris, sublime, beautiful, architecturally stunning and full of wonderful history. And why not start with the Pont de Grenelle! oh yes this is how I came to know it alright but if not Paris lately the bridge has change name to the current one as on the title of the post.

The Pont Grenelle-Cadets-de-Saumur ,formerly pont de Grenelle was built between 1966 and 1968 on the site of a first bridge built in 1827. The Grenelle-Cadets-de-Saumur bridge spans the Seine from the rue Linois 15éme arrondissement to rue Maurice-Bourdet, in the 16éme arrondissement, with support on Île aux Cygnes, the downstream end carries a 9 meters high replica of the Statue of Liberty. This site is served by the Mirabeau and Charles Michels metro line 10. On June 18, 2016, the Pont de Grenelle bridge takes the name of Pont de Grenelle-Cadets-de-Saumur in homage to the aspiring reserve students (EAR) defenders of the Loire bridges in June 1940.


Since its inception, three successive bridges have been built. The first Grenelle bridge was designed on the initiative of promoters in the Beaugrenelle district. The bridge is open to pedestrians and to carriages on May 1, 1827. In 1873, this bridge collapsed completely. In 1874, just a year later, the decision was made to build a cast iron bridge with six arches. Eventually, the pont de Grenelle was reconstructed from 1966 to 1968 . The bridge has two main metal spans of 85 meters, crossing the two arms of the Seine, a span of 20 meters above Île aux Cygnes and two spans 15 meters in concrete, crossing the right bank and left bank quays. The total length of the bridge is 220 meters, its width 30 meters with 22 meters for the roadway, and 8 meters for the two sidewalks. Currently, its width is not fully exploitable, as there is a building narrowing the access on the 16éme downstream side. There is a nice scene on the movie of 1947 by Charlie Chaplin Monsieur Verdoux.

Of course with all the name changes maybe no time to post in the Paris tourist office but they do have on the Flame de la Liberté and Memorial to princess Diana in English (again have written before on these) here: Paris tourist office Flame of liberty by pont de l’Alma

And there you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Paris, once bitten, the virus of love stays with you. Hope you enjoy the post on the Pont Grenelle-Cadets-de-Saumur of Paris!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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