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Italy, Venice: Bridge of Sighs, Venice

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In Venice, the Ponte dei Sospiri or the Bridge of Sighs is an arched limestone bridge that connects the Doge’s Palace to the Prigioni Nuove, or the New Prisons. It got its name from the sighs of the prisoners walking across it.

Switzerland, Lucerne: Time for Contemplation

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Sometimes you just have to stop and look and think. This is on the Kapellbrücke, Chapel Bridge walk in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Switzerland, Lucerne: Lucerne Promenade

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Tunnels too under the riverside promenade in Lucerne.

Switzerland, Lucerne: View from Kapellbrücke, Chapel Bridge

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The riverside promenade on the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne has pretty views. You can see St.Peterskapelle (St. Peter’s Chapel) in the background.

 

Switzerland, Lucerne: Covered Walk in Lucerne

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There’s a pretty riverside promenade in Lucerne. Chapel Bridge is one of the oldest wooden bridges in Switzerland as it was mentioned in writing around 1367. As you walk it, look up underneath the roof and you will be surprised to see paintings there. A prominent Water Tower here had been used as a dungeon, an archive, and a treasury vault. These were parts of the oldest medieval city ramparts of Lucerne. You can also take a peek into St. Peter’s Chapel.

France, Paris: Bateau Mouche

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On a bateau mouche ride on the Seine you get a duck’s eye view of the city going under all those famous bridges, like this one, the Pont St-Michel. FYI there are 37 of them.

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France, Paris: Close up and personal with Tsar Alexandre III

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The beauty of taking a Bateau Mouche ride on the Seine is the joy of going under so many famous bridges – and learning the history effortlessly as you go. This one is the Pont Alexandre III built between 1896 and 1900, the most ornate one and a Paris historical site. Four gilt-bronze statues of Fames watch over the Beaux-Arts style bridge. The exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses celebrate the Franco-Russian alliance enacted in 1892 by Tsar Alexander III. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896. In the same political spirit, the Trinity Bridge in Saint Petersburg was designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the first stone was laid in August 1897 by French president Félix Faure .

Great Britain, London: What is the Shard?

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The Shard is the newest tourist attraction in London and it was fabulous. You lift off in multiple elevators to get to the 72nd floor where there are 360 degree views, viewing platforms, selfie options, a flower wall, and a café. You can walk down to the 68th and 69th floor for more views. Notice here the Tower Bridge, the snaking path of the Thames and the London Eye.

Great Britain, London: Tower Bridge

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You can of course, see the Tower Bridge from the Tower of London – however even better, you can walk across it. It’s included on the London Pass.

Great Britain, London: Tower Bridge in London

City Cruises take you under many of the bridges on the Thames, this iconic one is the Tower Bridge.