Samois bridges - Ile de Berceau

billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Altamira M10
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I was just looking at overhead images of Samois and noticed that there were two bridges onto the island at Samois--one at the north end and one at the south end.

It has been many years since I was there but my memory recalls that there was no bridge at the south end (coming from Samoreau) and there was only the nice, wide newer bridge at the north end and a more narrow bridge on the western side that arrived on the island about near the back of where the seating stands used to be.

Am I misremembering? Did they tear down that western bridge or did something happen to it (collapse, etc?) Maybe in the heavy floods a while back?


  • Wim GlennWim Glenn oƃɐɔᴉɥƆModerator 503
    edited May 22 Posts: 1,080

    Both the north bridge (longer one) and the smaller south bridge (one near the sculpture of Django) are there for as long as I can remember. I think the west bridge is only temporary one and setup during the festival to use as an entry / ticket gate.

    This is the North one in June 2016 shortly after the flooding, it was fine although there was a lot of trash and flotsam. South one was fine too. West one was not there at all because fest was at Fontainebleau that year.

  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Altamira M10
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    Yeah, that north bridge was solid and wide enough to handle all the festival traffic leaving the island after the shows.

    Wikipedia has an image that shows the "temporary" bridge (not the one in the thumbnail below) and I found a similar one in Anthony Voisin's "Minor Swing" book. When I saw it, I guessed it might be temporary.

    Not sure about the statue of Django you mentioned, Wim. I never saw it. Last time I was there was 2005 so a lot could have changed. I remember walking to all the luthier tents on the south end but surely don't remember being able to walk on/off the island there, nor do I remember being able to enter on that end of the island when walking from Samoreau.

  • Wim GlennWim Glenn oƃɐɔᴉɥƆModerator 503
    edited May 22 Posts: 1,080

    Hmm, the sculpture was probably not there 2005. I first went 2009 (for seeing Les Doigts De L'Homme) and don't remember it being present then either - I think it was put up in 2010?

    But you can actually see it on google maps street view!

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