Place de la Nation was formally Place du Trône and then renamed Place du Trône-Renversé during the Revolution. It was changed to its current name at the national festivities of 14th July, 1880. During the Revolution, a guillotine was built in the square and those who were unlucky enough to face this are buried at the Cimetiére Picpus nearby.Rue Crémieux is a little colourful delight in this city of mostly grey architecture. Pedestrianized in 1993, it features around 30 homes, all is different colours and with various little quirks such as a paintings, an old style clock and Hôtel Mignon (Cute Hotel!). Still seems to be a secret from tourists as every time I have been I am often alone. Number 8 has a marker indicating the water level reached when the Seine flooded in 1910. Île aux Cygnes (Swan Island) with a view of the Tour Eiffel. Again it was lovely to have few tourists and enjoy a different sight of Paris.
Île aux Cygnes feature a smaller version of the Statue of Liberty in New York. The one here in Paris faces the direction of her sister in NY! The original statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and it was completed in 1884 and assembled in the USA between 1885-1886. This replica was given as a gift from the US to France. Île aux Cygnes, under the bridge! de Bir-Hakeim which has lovely views across the Seine. Also a popular wedding location as we saw 4 in our 20 minute rest here! Originally named the Viaduc de Passy, it was renamed in 1948 to commemorate the Battle of Bir-Hakeim fought by the Forces Françaises Libres (Free French Soldiers) 1942 in Libya.