Pont des Arts

Another trip to Paris this week.

A walk from the Louvre – where the fountain had frozen over – to St Germain took me over the Pont des Arts.  A common meeting place for artists, and featured in a number of films, it’s a great alternative Seine-crosser to the Pont Neuf, avoiding the tourist-rampant Ile-de-la-Cité and the Notre Dame cathedral. With a good view of a number of central Parisian landmarks, it’s a popular spot for exhibitions and picnics.

Your standard city bridge, essentially.  Except that when I was walking over it, I noticed that the fencing was covered with padlocks.  Some with graffiti, some in bright colours, but lots and lots of padlocks.  Had there been a protest of some sort?  A mass bike theft?

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Something a little more twee – albeit still typically Parisian.  They are symbols of undying love. Just up river, the Passerelle Léopold-Senghor is similarly adorned.  The Telegraph reported in May that they were to be taken down, but they’re still there, confusing new visitors on a daily basis.

Not sure if it’s a case of  love over reason or (and here comes the pun) Vive la (In)Différence.

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