Sunday, September 20, 2015

Le métro

I'm continuing with Paris photos from around twenty years ago. You may recall that I scanned some of my old color slides a while back for the blog. I used a now ten-year old (or more) version of Photoshop for the scanning. I was just learning how to use it; I did minimal processing and saved the photos in a small format. Now I've got Lightroom and a little more experience with post-production, not to mention more column-width on the blog, so I'm trying to give new life to these old images.

Looking west (down river) with the bridge's central arch on the left.

This is one of the elevated sections of the Paris Métro transit system. It's the Number 6 line (Charles de Gaulle/Etoile-Nation) where it crosses the river on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. The line uses rolling stock with pneumatic tires to reduce noise where the trains run on elevated track through residential neighborhoods. The views of the nearby Eiffel Tower (out of the photo to the left) are spectacular from the train as it crosses the river.

The bridge was completed in 1905, replacing an earlier bridge to accommodate the then-new métro crossing. Pedestrians and motor vehicles use the lower deck, while the métro runs on the upper level viaduct.


  1. Great photo. I've never seen this view before.

  2. I get to 'see Paris' this way. thank you.

  3. So great to see how you capture photos from a perspective I would never think of.

  4. interesting how the metro cars have 4 doors; in this country you barely get 1 door (at least in philly & dc).

  5. evelyn, I think it's from the next bridge upstream, the Pont d'Iéna.

    michael, it's like looking back in time...

    christine, it's probably because I'm short. lol

    anne marie, I think DC metro cars have three doors, still not enough! I don't know Philly's system.


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