Sunday, May 27, 2012

Love souvenir!


Cute photo isn't it? I took it at Les Pont des Arts, where, like I already reported several times, lovers from all over the world who come to Paris, attach a lock to the grid  as a symbol of their love. There are a zillion of them now, and the Paris town hall often has to remove them or to replace parts of the grid. That's probably what happened there and these two people were lucky enough to be the first to attach their lock right after the grid was replaced! This was definitely worth a souvenir photo!

24 comments:

  1. Great shot, Eric! How do you manage to be in the right place at the right time? I never see moments like this.

    Barbara

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  2. Great shot - I love looking at all the things people write on their locks, hoping that a little bit of them gets to stay behind in Paris!

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  3. Eric you locked up on this one! This photograph gives us all a sense of a beginning and a future.

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  4. On a totally incongruous note:

    Will either one regret about the "lock" upon expiry of love??

    I prefer celebrating the 10th Wedding Anniversary (to the Wedding Day itself), and I utterly cherish "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats:

    WHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep
    And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
    And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
    Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

    How many loved your moments of glad grace,
    And loved your beauty with love false or true;
    But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
    And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

    And bending down beside the glowing bars,
    Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
    And paced upon the mountains overhead,
    And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

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  5. Great photo. Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. I posted a pic last week and said the mayor needed to buy some bolt cutters - and I didn't like the new fashion of men standing around selling locks and indelible pens!

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  7. I guess the hardware left on Pont des Arts
    Is like your carved initials inside hearts.
    At least the lock is left behind
    In Paris.
    Not so the tattoo of his name
    On yer ass.

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  8. I guess the hardware left on Pont des Arts
    Is like your carved initials inside hearts.
    At least the lock is left behind in Paris.
    Not so the tattoo of his name on yer ass.

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  9. Keats, thank you.

    Lovely shot, Eric. I'm glad there are people who are more romantic than the guys Eli mentions! (Not you, Eli, surely you are romantic.)

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  10. Thanks, Petrea! Sometimes, I see things from a different angel...

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  11. @Jeff, thanks for explaining! It helps me to understand better ;)

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  12. Just noticed those last week, and wondered about them. Thank you for the explanation, and the photo.

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  13. Awwww.. that is so cute! And I can't wait to do it myself! :)

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  14. Great shot but sorry, it may be very romantic but I think it's vandalism! Just my opinion.

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  15. Cute photo and a nice documentation of the locks of love. I think the most amusing thing is that the Paris officials - not wanting the locks on the bridge - keep taking them off. They're just asking for more, as this pic shows so well. Let the grids fill up and soon there will just be no more room. Then - cue the tip-toeing music - wait awhile and when the next new thing gains cache, the work crews sneak in, caps down over their eyes, and replace the grids in the middle of the night! : )

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  16. I'm sure we're all glad you have good knees, Eric! And did you offer to take a shot of the two of them with their lock?

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  17. If those guys selling the locks charge by the weight of their product, would a modern day Alexander Pope write about the Rate of the Lock?

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  18. @Alexa "I'm sure we're all glad you have good knees, Eric! And did you offer to take a shot of the two of them with their lock?" Actually I have very bad knees, most of the time I have to lay my camera on the pavement and shoot, THEN check what I photographed. Isn't it pathetic?

    @Sylvia "Great shot but sorry, it may be very romantic but I think it's vandalism! Just my opinion." Vandalism?! Isn't that a little strong?

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  19. @Eric
    Yeah, it is strong but I think they're damaging public property and that I believe is vandalism.
    Some Parisians don't seem to mind, but I know many that are outraged by this custom.
    Again, just my opinion. :-)
    I do love all your photos!
    Sylvia

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  20. My favourite pont. I love the look and sound of the old weather beaten wooden planks and it is just so romantic.

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  21. @Jeff

    Very amusing! "Would a modern day Alexander Pope write about the Rate of the Lock?" LOL!

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  22. Poor bridge. Too much of a good thing, you know? ;)

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  23. My husband were in Paris at the end of May to celebrate 25 years of being a couple. We left our lock on this bridge on May 31, just 4 days after Eric took this shot. We love knowing we left a little of ourselves in Paris and plan on revisiting next spring.
    Robert

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