For those who may be museum weary, Paris offers many alternatives to occupy your time. Often they are tiny little spots tucked away off an alley or in this particular case on a small man-made island in the Seine. Ile aux Cygnes is a quiet little 850 meter by 11 meter tree lined island that was built around 1827. There is a small paved walk down its center that leads you over and under the the three bridges that span its short distance. Approaching from Pont de Bir-Hakeim, the view is highlighted not only by the Eiffel Tower in the distance, but by the above ground train line 6 which is contracted of steel and rivets much like the Eiffel Tower.
As you make your way down the stairs to the island pathway, you are transported to another time of peace and tranquility. The massive trees break the sound from the city creating a quiet oasis surrounded by water. Along the path there is a wonderful open air public work out space just before you arrive at the most exciting part of the island – the 1/4 scale replica of the Statue of Liberty. It is 22 meters high and faces West towards its big sister in New York, which was a gift from France to the United States. Standing proudly and silently, she reminds us of what liberty is in the hopes of achieving it for all. The tablet in her left hand commemorates American Independence Day and Bastille Day. It is well worth a visit if you are looking for a break from the museums.
For those wondering, the big reveal is coming soon. I have been slightly delayed in completing the curtains for the living and dining rooms but soon, very soon.