The Statue of Liberty, Pont de Grenelle: Say Hello to the Parisian Version

Friday, October 11, 2019 0 Comments

The Statue of Liberty, Pont de Grenelle
Just because the Statue of Liberty in New York City is so prominent, it doesn’t mean that it’s the only one you should see? Did you know that there are more than a hundred of replicas of the Statue of Liberty all over the world? Yes, even in Singapore. But the really cool thing is that even in France, they have it! Yes, we all know the history here: France gave the United States the Statue of Liberty in 1886, and apparently, the Americans, with their very generous spirit, gifted the French with a similar one, but a smaller version in 1889. So, why queue in the top touristy places like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de TriompheNotre-Dame Cathedral or even the Louvre. Instead, try visiting the southern area of Paris, maybe somewhere in the very middle of the river Seine – meet up with lady Liberty, oui?

Fun fact: The Statue of Liberty was designed by a French sculptor named Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and was then constructed by THE Gustave Eiffel himself, yes, THE man who made the Eiffel Tower! Merci! Although apparently, there are five lady liberty replicas in Paris, the grandest of them is in the heart of Paris. Just like the lady liberty in NYC, the one in Paris, is situated in a little man-made island called Île aux Cygnes. It is a smaller version, and it actually faces west, towards its 'big sister' beyond the oceans. It’s just just off the Grenelle Bridge, and quite accessible to tourists and locals.

The surrounding area looks like a park of some sort, with a couple of benches and several work-out areas. It’s along the Siene river, so it’s pretty dramatic to just stop and stare at lady liberty, while enjoying the Parisian city vibes. If you are lucky, you can even see the Eiffel Tower a bit blurred from the overall background, but still quite noticeable. It’s definitely one of those areas in Paris that’s relatively still hidden compared to the likes of Pont de Bir-Hakeim (hello Inception movie?) which is a few blocks from the area.

Ending up walking around this vicinity by accident, because the intention was really to find a shortcut to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. Nevertheless, since the nearby mall Beaugrenelle is closeby, and the Parc André Citroën also is walkable (and worth the visit!) – deciding to stop by the Statue of Liberty, Pont de Grenelle is worthy of being included in your itinerary if you’re looking for a less touristy, more random yet still culturally relevant place to visit. Best part is, it’s free – no need to ride a ferry, or pay expensive tickets like the ones you’ll spend in NYC!

Directions: 15th district - Access on Pont Bir-Hakeim and Pont de Grenelle

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 60 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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