The Millau Viaduct (World's Tallest Bridge) — France
This post should probably be titled ‘Eleven Million Views of the Millau Viaduct’ because that’s the reality. A while back we watched a documentary on the construction of the world’s tallest bridge (as of the date of this post) and when we learned that photographing a wedding would take us to a city about an hour’s drive away we knew that we had to make a trip to see it with our own eyes.
Yes, it turns out we quite like engineering.
Our drive across the bridge itself kind of happened without us realising. There is a toll for crossing the bridge but you pay it on the other side so there’s no real ‘run-up’ from the direction we travelled. Before we knew it we were driving under those incredible cables and we were filming and photographing with multiple cameras at the same time.
We visited the dedicated viewing point that has a platform and a great view.
We then travelled under the bridge to a small (like, really small) town called Peyre. Peyre is built into the rock behind it and looks out onto a stunning view of the bridge surrounded by lush green valley.
Back under the bridge now and to our ‘hotel’ in Millau itself. The hotel was in fact a series of cabins that appeared wooden on the outside and more like caravans on the inside. They were adequate for our single night in Millau. The view from the pool was obviously the selling point…
On our departure from Millau we ended with a close-up view from underneath and enjoyed one last sight of the spectacularly elegant structure.
Others may not be so bothered about seeing the world’s tallest bridge but we also managed to see plenty of other things on our quest too - so something for everyone.