Photographer's Note

Indeed, despite my numerous visits to Paris, I had no knowledge about “Passerelle Debilly”, till I saw Gosia (siudzi)’s photograph in TE. I have to thank Gosia and dedicate this post to her.

So, soon after reaching Paris, braving the cold drizzle (I was the only one on the roads in a T-shirt), I set out in hunt of this bridge. A little walk from the Lena Metro station, brought me to this footbridge over the River Seine that links the 16th arrondissement to the 7th. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the Passerelle Debilly is located immediately to the north of Pont d'Iana, the bridge in front of the Eiffel Tower. This well constructed bridge was only meant to be a temporary one I believe, but it stayed on as a permanent structure.

When I got there, I was really impressed by the footbridge (I prefer the prettier French name - 'Passerelle'), built on a metallic frame resting on two stone piers at either end of the river bank. The passerelle is often overshadowed by its flamboyant neighbour, the Eiffel Tower, but then everything in the vicinity of Eiffel Tower is!

This footbridge was used, during the Cold War, as a secret gathering place for secret service agents of East Germany. In 1988, a German diplomat also working for the secret service was found dead, several days after the Fall of the Wall. Film director Brian de Palma shot the scene of his thriller 'Femme Fatale' on this very footbridge in 2002. Its a great place to observe the manic gathering of lemming like tourists at the Eiffel Tower and the colourful congestion of the river boats and barges up & down the Seine.

Under the murky, cloudy sky the Eiffel Tower looked amazing...the top part vanishing up into the clouds....quite an amazing view!

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