Paris Tips: Rolling in the Deep on the Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III at Sunset Photos by Theadora Brack

Cupid, draw back your bow

By Theadora Brack

Guys and dolls, raise your cocktail glass if you haven’t seen English singer-writer Adele’s sulky-smooth, Grammy award-winning “Someone Like You” video, and if not, then get thee to a computer. Pack a hanky!

Picture Perfect

Shot in exquisite black and white by the talented director Jake Nava, Adele’s “Someone Like You” video is an epic weepie. Both Adele and the Pont Alexandre III have never looked more drop-dead glamorous.

Try watching this moody-bluesy breakup song without crying, singing along, and then hitting repeat. I’ve tried but no can do.

Location, Location, Location

In the video, your little eye will spy the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, Les Invalides and the Place de la Concorde. And yes, the La Grande Roue (Ferris Wheel) keeps on rolling!

The Pont Alexandre III has always been a favorite backdrop for photo ops. It’s the perfect spot for your social media portraits and status updates, too. Tip! If you want the Eiffel Tower in the shot, photograph it on the bridge’s upstream right bank side of the bridge.

Memories Made at the Pont Alexandre III

Get the look

Dear Fashion Enthusiasts: Adele’s fetching black A-line coat with asymmetrical gold zipper is from Moschino’s fall 2010 runway line. Bittersweet, they’re no longer available.

So what to do? In Montmartre, the Sympa bargin bin shops are now stocking vinyl plaid trench coats for just €5. The Zara chain is also slashing prices. I recently scored a black pea coat with a little A-line action for only €19! Rebounding just got easier (and cheaper!).

And Adele’s wild, wild windswept hair? Not a problem, as the damp river air will happily take care of that for you without a fee. Oh, I have been there!

Shopping tip for the road

Let’s not forget to mention the brocantes (flea markets) that frequently pop up at the Pont Alexandre III. Timing is key! Trekking to Paris in the near future? Click here for the 2012 listing of Paris brocantes, vide-greniers and marches aux puces. Happy Hunting!

Grab a ballpoint!

Pont Alexandre III
Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau, 7th arrondissement


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18 thoughts on “Paris Tips: Rolling in the Deep on the Pont Alexandre III

    • Dear Tin Man! Thanks for your swell words. I feel the same way about your exquisite travel site. Today’s nod to Grana Padano was a feast for the eyes. The shots of big wheels were spectacular. Bon Appétit! Theadora

  1. You are right on! the pont alexandre iii was always one of my favorite ponts to stroll across. Bravo!

    • Thanks, Hilary! Pont Neuf is another favorite. Have you strolled across it? Still AB FAB at 403-years-old, it’s the oldest standing bridge in Paris. Created by the dashing Henri IV (king of the original urban re-do), it was the first to be built without houses or shops. Hello views, goodbye fire traps! And yes, the view is spectacular! Theadora

      • I’m a big fan of the Pont neuf, as well! in my view, one of the best picnic spots in paris ~ along with the parcs monceau and buttes chaumont!

  2. Looking at these comments reminds me of all the different tavel connected by these blogs…sneaking peeks of others’ cultural immersions.

    I checked out the video and I had no idea it was her wandering around in Paris. I thought I was beautiful until I realized I was just as in love with her coat. I looked it up before coming back to finish reading this, and I had to laugh that you addressed it as well. Hah. It’s a stunner, though. Lovely, all of it. <3

    • Thank you, E.! I enjoyed reading your thoughtful words. I love visiting new worlds. It’s inspiring! And the Moschino coat. Yes! The coat is a looker and a stunner. Dig the zipper! Theadora

  3. Your posts keep getting richer, more informative! I love that we can not only visit the place, but find the right outfit to go with it and relive the experience. That first image looks like the silhouette of an exhausted backpacker sitting on a rock–who picked up a few too many souvenirs along the way–funny!

  4. Your cupid picture is lovely :)

    I used to live by the Seine, go running under all the bridges. Felt so fancy! (The 19th is definitely not!) Have you tried Guerrisol for bargain hunting? Every now and then you find a silk shirt or some Sisley boots amongst the piles and piles of colour…

    Bonne journee!

    • Dear Sun Flower Child, Thanks for the shopping scoop! My friend Annelise has been singing Guerrisol’s praises for years. Located at 19 Avenue de Clichy (Métro La Fourche), it looks fabulous. I’ll report back with my scores! Enjoy the weekend, Theadora

  5. Lovely pictures, Theadora! I love the silhouette of the Eiffel Tower and that statue at sunset, simply awesome!

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