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You know that feeling while travelling, when you don't know what you're looking at? This is a footbridge in Narbonne, from the side with the cathedral and Bishop's Palace, to the... well, the other side. Which, according to this bridge, is a whole nother town (literally: "Footbridge between two towns"). Except it isn't. It's just...more Narbonne.

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Very odd. I don't really understand it. The river in Narbonne is *not* pretty, canalised and sludge green, but it's reasonably large. Maybe the other side used to be an Oltrarno, an Outremeuse, a Rive Gauche, but it doesn't seem to have a special name now. There's one other bridge across, one of those with shops on that is supposed to be picturesque and ancient - but this one is so solid with chainstores you can't tell you're on a bridge at all. Most river towns, especially ancient ones, have river views as a feature. Not this one. Below the cut, a proper view of the bridge which is as pretty a view as I could manage!

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That's quite odd indeed!
I don't know if it's a deep rift in the city or a tiny detail - fascinating stuff!
Perhaps it was a bridge to a different portion of the town - the ghetto, or barrio as it would be in today's modern US towns. Or maybe from the main part of town into the 'suburbs'.

I love the 'pretty' bridge. Now to do some bridge hunting on my own...

- Erulisse (one L)
I think the cathedral side of the town is the older, in fact it must be because it's Roman, and there's certainly not much tourism on the other side of the river. But still, it's an oddity.
Maybe the sign came cheap with the bridge and it seemed a pity not to use it!
Heh. Maybe. Do you think there's much call for that sign?
*lol* Typical French, subtle understatement (not)! :o) Perhaps this name is the result from some administrative or "importance" difference of several city parts, perhaps because the city had been split at a later date by the canal (it is a canal, not a river, isn't it?)
Most fascinating, now I'm curious. ;o)
Heh. I don't know at all, though knowing French administrative punctiliousness it's quite a good bet there's some kind of boundary I don't know about. It's an old river, though - canalised later and now very controlled, but it's been there or thereabouts since Roman times, with the entire Roman city on one bank. (Though, having just checked on wikipedia, it did silt up badly for some centuries, so may not have been such a barrier for a long time. So that suggests you're likely on the right track.)
I do love the flowers hanging along the length of it.
They're very pretty - unlike the poor river/canal itself!