On the coat of arms of Paris is a silver vessel that sails on the rough waters. We may not see a ship like this from the Middle Ages on the Seine River any more, but the importance of the river in trade and transportation hasn't changed throughout Paris' history.
Le Petit Pont (The Small Bridge), connecting the the Île de la Cité and the Left Bank, is one of the first bridges built over the Seine when Paris was still called Lutetia in the Gallo-Roman era. It was a wooden bridge back then and served as a strong fortress protecting the city. It was swept away due to flooding of the river or design flaws many times, each time replaced by a new one. Standing on the quay, looking up, I tired to imagine the old days when the river was not tamed and overflowing was common... and all the houses stacked up on it. That would have been an interesting sight. The current single stone arch bridge was built in 1853.
La Seine, Paris, France II (Le Petit Pont)
A larger image of this painting is available on request.
Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)