The Travel Ahh…Bridges

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© Stephanie Glaser 2011

I love bridges. They are artistic, functional and symbolic.  Just the idea of connecting two places along with a way to further travel is enough reason for me to appreciate bridges. It must have started for me at an early age because grew up in Eden Prairie, MN, USA. It was the town with the Graffiti Bridge, after which rocker Prince named his 1990 movie and album. The following are photos from my travels, and the majority are pictures of structures found in the United States, Europe and Australia. One of my travel goals is to take photos of bridges in Africa, South America and more from Asia.

Above is the Hood River Bridge that spans over the Columbia River from Hood River Oregon and White Salmon, Washington.

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© Edward Schuck 2004

Prague, Czech Republic. Prague has the bridges — here’s the Charles Bridge, which is sort of sandwiched in between two other bridges. It is a very recognizable landmark.

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© Stephanie Glaser 1989

Florence, Italy. Ponte Vecchio is a medieval bridge that spans over the Arno River, and it is a very famous landmark.

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© Stephanie Glaser 1989

Bruges/Brugge, Belgium.

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© Stephanie Glaser 1995

Cologne/Köln, Germany.

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My friend Debbie. © Stephanie Glaser 1987

Paris, France. 

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© Stephanie Glaser 2011

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Over the Mississippi River in the rain.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Sea Cliff Bridge: New South Wales, Australia.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Webb Bridge, Melbourne. This beautiful, artistic bridge is a walkway to the Melbourne Docklands.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2011

Portland, Oregon, USA.  A glimpse of Portland’s many bridges from a bridge.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2011

Portland, Oregon, USA. I love how many bridges in cities are a peek-a-boo sight because they blend into the background.

ICONS:

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© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales, Australia. The iconic Harbour Bridge is an integral part of the Sydney Skyline by the harbour, Circular Quay, and the Rocks neighborhood.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2010

It’s wonderful how the amusement park Luna Park in Sydney is really the focal point in this photo, but the Harbour Bridge is sort of creating a frame.

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© Stephanie Glaser 1985

Tower Bridge, in London, England, is one of the most famous bridges in the world. Certainly, many English-speaking people heard as children the song “London Bridges falling down…” Here it is, albeit a really grainy, tired looking photo.

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© Stephanie Glaser

San Francisco, California, USA. The most iconic bridge in the United States, the Golden Gate Bridge, is spectacular and, pardon the cliche, never ceases to take my breath away.

Lesser known but important bridges:

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© Stephanie Glaser

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. This is a foot bridge that is set in one of the most lush, green beautiful places I’ve ever been.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2011

Florence, Oregon, USA. I just loved the optimistic view from this basic bridge.

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© Stephanie Glaser 1989

Leiden, The Netherlands. Because of all the canals, Holland is full of bridges and some of the more hidden ones are the ones that stick out to me.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2011

Bend, Oregon, USA. This is one of the prettiest bridges I’ve seen in my travels. It’s a simple bridge that goes over the Deschutes River. The reflection of the evergreens along with the colorful flags make this a welcoming little bridge.

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10 thoughts on “The Travel Ahh…Bridges

    • Thanks, Julie — I know the Chain Bridge is very iconic and ironically, I couldn’t find a picture of it in my photos from Budapest! Actually, there’s so many more iconic bridges that are not featured. I think I may need to do a Part II at some point. Thanks again for the comment, Julie! 🙂 Steph

  1. The concept that bridges connect two places to permit travel – brilliant simplicity! A neat way to consider them. One of the things I love about London is its variety of bridges over the Thames. We’re planning a US trip later this year and two I’m looking forward to seeing are the Brooklyn Bridge and the Overseas Highway in Florida.

    • Hayley — I will look forward to photos of bridges from your US trip! I was in New York ages ago back when I was more concerned about seeing Madonna than the Brooklyn Bridge — which I so wished I had a photo of for this post! Now I also want to go back to London to appreciate all the bridges over the Thames. Thanks so much for your comment — Cheers! Steph

    • Amy, I’m so glad you share a passion for bridges, too. Thanks for sharing the link to the Eight Immortals Bridge — how amazing! I so want to get to Asia since I know there are numerous stunning and interesting bridges. As I understand, many are engineering feats as well. I definitely need to do a Part II to the bridges series and include Asian bridges. Thanks again for commenting! Steph

  2. I have to tell you a story, I love bridges as well. When I was about 7 we lived in a town called Quambatook in northern Victoria, there was a channel sort of thing that ran beside the house and there was a little wooden bridge that went over it. I loved that bridge. I used to put my dolls in my pram and walk back and forth over the bridge. I still think of that bridge and the trolls that I imagined lived underneath it.

    • Leanne — how lovely this story is! Have you ever been back to that area to see the bridge? I’m envisioning the pram with the dolls and the trolls under the bridge. What a great memory. Thank you for sharing this with me. By the way, I thought of your stunning photos of the Web bridge when I posted this! Cheers! Steph

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