Flags at Bordeaux. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Flags at Bordeaux. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Lille, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Lille, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

In 1515, Francois I was asked to build a bridge over the small branch of the Seine in order to carry patients to the Hôtel-Dieu hospital on the Île de la Cité. Construction began in 1626 and in 1634 the two sides were connected.
The Pont au Double derives its name from the toll amount which was charged, a “double” denier, money used to pay for the construction of the bridge.
In 1709, the bridge collapsed. It was rebuilt and remained in place until 1847. In 1883, the Pont au Double was replaced by a one arch cast-iron bridge. ~ Wikipedia
Paris, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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In 1515, Francois I was asked to build a bridge over the small branch of the Seine in order to carry patients to the Hôtel-Dieu hospital on the Île de la Cité. Construction began in 1626 and in 1634 the two sides were connected.

The Pont au Double derives its name from the toll amount which was charged, a “double” denier, money used to pay for the construction of the bridge.

In 1709, the bridge collapsed. It was rebuilt and remained in place until 1847. In 1883, the Pont au Double was replaced by a one arch cast-iron bridge. ~ Wikipedia

Paris, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Paris, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Paris, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Paris, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Paris, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

The Palais du Chaillot and the Gardens of the Trocadéro as viewed from the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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The Palais du Chaillot and the Gardens of the Trocadéro as viewed from the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

One of the fortified gates into the medieval town of Provins, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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One of the fortified gates into the medieval town of Provins, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Les Remparts (fortified wall) around the medieval town of Provins, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Les Remparts (fortified wall) around the medieval town of Provins, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Les remparts (fortified wall) around the medieval town of Provins, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Les remparts (fortified wall) around the medieval town of Provins, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Quai of the Rosary-De Rozenhoedkaai, Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Quai of the Rosary-De Rozenhoedkaai, Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Hotel de Orangerie, Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Hotel de Orangerie, Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Simon Stevinplein with a view of the tower of the Church of Our Lady. Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Simon Stevinplein with a view of the tower of the Church of Our Lady. Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Simon Stevin (1548 - 1620), a Flemish mathematician and military engineer. Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Simon Stevin (1548 - 1620), a Flemish mathematician and military engineer. Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

More mermaids. Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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More mermaids. Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Gorgeous architecture, circa 1654. Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Gorgeous architecture, circa 1654. Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Amber Maitrejean