Friday, August 17, 2012

Who said romance is dead.....!!

Thanks so much for all the good thoughts, much appreciated, I'm beginning to think I just might live! It was interesting to read your different views regarding the flu injection, believe it or not I'm still undecided (Libran haha!), I know there's probably only one in a thousand that would have a bad reaction, but you know how it goes! As I haven't been out for the last few days, Dave and Courtney very kindly said I could use these pictures taken at the end of June this year while on their honeymoon. This will be a sight familiar to all who love and live in Paris, but it never ceases to amaze me just how many locks there are (and now there is one more) here on Le Pont des Arts (is this also known as Pont de Archeveche?). I did read a story a while back that the Mayor's office was not happy and had all (not officially) but a few of the locks removed, it certainly didn't stop them returning a thousand fold. I don't remember them being painted in pink, blue, yellow and purple, when did this happen? Back to Perth tomorrow with a bit of luck. Hope you've had a better week than moi, take care and stay safe...p.s. I wonder how many keys there are here at the bottom of the River Seine.....!



38 comments:

  1. Wikipedi says that attaching all these locks is a "fad" that Paris hasn't decided how to deal with. From the look of it they'd better decide soon before the weight of sheer numbers makes the choice for them! :D

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  2. I was there about a year and a half ago and it looks as if there are 3 to 4 times the number of locks as then. I read that the city wanted to ban (and remove) locks on the bridge, but received so much bad publicity they demurred. Something will have to be done soon; I think it has gone beyond its original intent and now borders on the ridiculous.

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  3. Bonjour Grace. I noticed this while I was in Paris last June and thought it looked pretty cool. Soon they will run out of space on the bridge, and then where will they go? Le Louvre? Le Jardin du Luxembourg (on the main gate?) Good luck to stop the movement, Mr Delanoe (the Paris mayor.) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  4. This lock thing is taking over! I saw it in Cinque Terre last year, but I haven't been in Paris for a couple of years, so seeing this here is a shock to me. I feel the same way I do about graffiti . . . occasionally, there is some artistic talent, and sometimes it is practiced on a place where the owner has set aside space for it with permission, but most of the time it is egocentric people thinking only of themselves.

    Get better, OK?

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  5. I wonder how many keys are in the bellies of fish!
    Sorry about the flu. I get a shot every year. But, I hear your concern.Feel better soon. By the way...our son in law is head of the CDC's Influenza Dept.....

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  6. I don't like this, you see it everywhere, Cologne, Paris. The bridges are destroyed by the heavy weight of all the iron locks. So stupid, only because of a movie, people are loosing reality.

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  7. Of course you'll live! ;-)

    Though I thought these were fun at first, now I thiink it is getting totally out of hand and I'm just like Biebkriegels.

    Pont des Arts and Pont de l'Archevêché are two different bridges :-) the former is near the Louvre/Institut de France, the latter is the one at Notre-Dame.

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  8. Oh ja, solche Schwüre der Liebe gibt es bei uns auch, hängen überall...

    Lieben Gruß
    CL

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  9. We were in Paris for our wedding anniversary in April and thought about it for a moment but the locals were not keen and after some consideration of the amount of locks and keys on the river bed ... we decided against it. We don't need a piece of metal on a bridge to declare our love ... I think our 25 years of marriage says it all. Such a beautiful place ... aaaah Paris xx

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  10. I do hope you're feeling better! I don't even remember when I had the flu and I've never had a shot!! Just lucky I guess! This is a pretty amazing, colorful sight, but have to admit that Paris is the last place I would expect to find something like this!!! I agree with Biebkriegels and Ciel, definitely a tad out of hand!! Hope you'll feel ready for a great weekend!!

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  11. I hope this is a sign you're more on the mend! The flu really is nasty, poor thing! Rest up, rest up...meantime, I could happily gaze at these lovely scenes forever (though, to give the mayor's office credit, I guess they *did* have to remove some locks to keep it under control :)

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  12. Wow, I've never seen so many padlocks in one place!

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  13. I've heard of this but not seen such good pics of it!

    Hope you recover soon Grace!

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  14. Amazing. Heard of it, but I didn't think there were so many. Romance dead? What a silly idea.

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  15. Well, I have to admit, people seem to get carried away with these fads...looks neat, but imagine the weight! Glad you are on the mend...soon to be at 100% I hope!

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  16. Hard to believe that this fad has taken off as it has. I agree with most of the comments, perhaps fun at first, but enough already!

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  17. This is incredible. I've seen this done on bridges in Europe but nothing to this extent and in so much color. Amazing! Stupid, perhaps, but amazing! ;)

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  18. Note, at least one combination lock. 'Yes, I am committing, but....'

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  19. Glad you feel you might live.....

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  20. I saw this bridge on my day trip to Paris last autumn... love your photos of it!
    Sorry you have succumbed to the dreaded lurgy... hope you feel better soon!

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  21. I meant... love your friends' photos of it :-)

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  22. Aw, hope you're feeling better. I've never seen these locks before - a fun idea but it looks to have got a bit OTT.

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  23. I'll be there in a few weeks; i'll hink of you!

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  24. Now that's a lot of locks! That's such a beautiful area where those shots are taken. I wonder how bikers and people who have lockers feel about all these padlocks:)

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  25. Wow! Haven't been to Paris in 5 years. This is wild now!

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  26. That would be something to see. Feel better soon.

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  27. Hope you are feeling better. You just have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by getting the shot, but now you might as well wait till the fall.

    Never saw this bridge in Paris. We saw something almost identical in Ventimiglia, Italy, when Jilly took us across the border from Menton to the first town over the Italian border. The practice is unknown in this country.

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  28. I used to have a locked courtyard in which to lock my motorcycle. . . . . we love to leave a bit of ourselves in the city...wonder if my lock is still there?


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  29. I must not have a romance streak in me at all. I don't find anything appealing about this. I saw something similar in Verona under Julet's balcony.

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  30. It's interesting for me to see these photos and read all of the comments as I (ignorance admission) know nothing of all this lock business. Wow. And it can be detrimental to the structure?!
    Good to hear you are on the mend Grace, this flu this season is no joke.
    Take good care and keep the Vit C up.

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  31. Incredible journey and so wonderful to see the love stories being evidenced on the sides of bridge. What a great view through your photography

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  32. They didn´t appear to be as many locks when I was there in November last year, maybe some had been removed and and more have been put since. The ones there weren´t painted either as in that photo of groups of colours. It´s cute but it will destroy the fence eventually with all the weight.

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  33. I love these photos, I dunno if the locks are damaging the bridge but I guess I'm just a romantic sucker - I think its awesome. The colours, and just the sheer number of people who want to make a romantic gesture like this makes me happy. And of course I love to see my big brother being all soppy and in love too. :oP

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  34. Stunning photo. It seems that the fence of the bridge is about to break.

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  35. Special pictures from special place!
    xoxo, Juliana
    [pjhappies.blogspot.com]

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  36. This bridge Is le pont de l'archevêché . Le pont des arts Is another passerelle over the Seine in front of the musée d'Orsay

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