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American Historical Sights to See in Paris: Arrondissement 15

Great for family field trips and school reports.

The Staue of Liberty Given from Americans to the People of France

A smaller version of the Statue of Liberty stands on the human-made island, Île aux Cygnes, in the River Siene.  The island officially falls into the 15th arrondissement, but can be accessed from either of two bridges that span the river, connecting the 15th and 16th arrondissements: Pont Bir Hakim and Pont de Grenelle. ("Pont is French for "bridge".)  Pont de Grenelle is closest to Lady Liberty and offers a nice view of her back, looking towards New York, with stairs to go down to the island for a walk around the statue.   Pont Bir Hakim is a beautiful two deck (upper for trains, lower for cars and pedestrians,) wrought-iron bridge that offers a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower. Newlyweds and hopeful models are often found on this bridge, photographer in tow, posing for pictures with the Eiffel as a backdrop.  There are stairs on the 15th arrondissement side to descend to the island for a stroll down to the "mini" Statue of Liberty.

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