France, Paris XXXII: Love Lock Bridge
After a nice walk in the Tuileries Garden we continued to Louver we wanted to see so much. It was supposed to be a conclusion of our tour in Paris. Yet before we got to Louvre we went to the Seine to see the bridge that is a symbol of love, wishes, and friendship.
The Pont des Arts joins Louvre located on the right Seine’s bank with the French Institute located on the left bank. The bridge is accessible only on foot and by bike. Bikers usually, however, do not cross this bridge as it is overcrowded as we have witnessed. It took us around 10 minutes to get on the bridge from the Tuileries Garden . We appeared in the world of locks hanging on both sides of the bridge, on lamps, and on everything one could hang a lock. We have seen locks hanging on bridges on our travels, however, now we were in awe. It seemed the number of locks here is infinite.
Nobody knows how this tradition emerged. Today it is highly popular. Even we did not hesitate to lock our lock on the rail, or rather around another lock. Then we threw the key to the Seine, to lay there forever. Beautiful tradition and also popular thing among tourists. Yet officials of Paris sees it as a damage to public property. It has been acting by issuing bans on hanging locks, or taking them away etc. But always new locks hang there later. One idea is to build a large iron bridge that would be designed for the locks. When we saw the crowds we tought that it would take some time to implement this measure.
We shortened our break on the bridge by reading guide book. We learned about couple of interesting facts. The Pont des Arts was named after Louvre, which was called Palais de Arts during first empire. It was built in 1801-1804 as a pedestrian bridge. It was the first iron bridge in Paris. Originally, it had 10 arcs, yet later the number was reduced as the banks were rebuilt. Today there are seven arcs. The bridge was declared a national landmark in 1975. This however came too late. The bridge was so damaged it had to be closed. Later, in 1981 to 1984 it was renovated and ceremonially opened to the public. The renovation held true to the original look of the bridge. Iron construction and wooden floor stand on stone pillars 155 meters long and 11 meters wide.
The Love Lock Bridge is not famous only for its locks. Its fame sparks also from the cinema. It was filmed in many French and foreign movies and series. Some of them are Le Pont des Arts, Bourne Identity, Amelie from Montmartre, 2 Days in Paris, or Paris, I love You.
You should make a stop here. You don’t have to be in love because seeing locks from all around the world will be a nice addition to your trip. Later we observed that they had to move tourists away from the bridge this July as the bridge started to collapse under the weight of the locks. This “curiosity” was in all media. But a closer look on the photographies showed that only some rails collapsed, not the bridge itself. Even this didn’t repel tourists from getting back on the bridge after repairs were finished.
With pleasant feelings we finally moved to Louvre. We will tell you how our visit looked next week.
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
The most expensive street in the Czech Republic, with no doubts. You can guess it from reading signs on this avenue connecting Letna and lively Old Town Square.
This is it. Our journey in Paris has came to an end. Our last destination is the legendary, beautiful, and fascinating Le Grand Louvre, or just Louvre for short. Before we even entered the world of colorful French history put in contrast to the modern France, we spent time seeing Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
Immediately after seeing the Luxembourg Gardens we headed to the world famous Sorbonna University. Cardinal Richelieu himself took care of its development. for he financed its reconstruction, and he transformed once college for poor students to an important hub of education.
We will continue in our journey in Paris. We will choose a tempo of learning on history and we will also talk on beauties of nature. There are many natural wonders in Paris. Perhaps the most beautiful ones we trie to find in beautiful parks and gardens.
In the morning, after eating from hotel breakfast, we went to see outskirts of Paris - the suburbs, which bears the same name as the name of the famous castle complex of Versailles. Exploring this former residence of the King required a great deal of patience and fitness. You ask why? The answer can be found in the following lines.
Despite long lines we haven’t regret 2-hour waiting to enter one of the most beautiful palaces in the world – Versailles. You have to hold on. The palace will reward you with its glorious interior, exterior, and gardens that are an irreplaceable part of it.
We were excited about one of the largest museums in the world. We let ourselves go with the crowd in Louvre. It took us to the most visited and the most mysterious painting in the world - Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Following an exciting walk on Montaigne Street and seeing the Flame of Liberty, we moved along the Seine to see another remarkable sight of Paris .- Les Invalides. This complex of building hides a large part of French military history.
Last week we saw Vendôme square and moved to Rivoli street. Right there are many important buildings we took look at in the first days of our tour de Paris. This time we chose to see a street opposite to Rivoli as the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries is located over there.
The biggest sight, the symbol and pride not only of Paris but entire France. This is world-famous Eiffel tower we visit today.
On the crossroad in front of the La Madeleine church, we decided to go in direction to Garnier Opera. Soon we were waiting in front of the neo-Baroque building. It is the largest theater in the world as it has unbelievable 11 000 m2.
Today we return to Montmarte once more. We o to streets full of artists, souvenir vendors, and, of course cabarets for adults.
A walk in the park by the Eiffel Tower was the conclusion in the last part. We told you about the so called Wall of Peace. Today we continue in introducing you to the sights around the most famous tower in the world.
Last week we had visited town-hall and moved also to Center Pompidou, a center of modern art. Today we will look around this building build inside-out. The building is named after French President Pompidou, who initiated its construction.
After a magical walk near luxurious boutiques on Royale street, or admiring historical buildings on La Madeleine and Garnier Opera. Last part in our series, we visited the Lafayette gallery. We wandered about in pompous spaces for people who like to shop. We saw Paris from above and walked to see another landmark in the city.
Would you like to have all Paris below you and enjoy beautiful view of this fascinating city? And would you like to see in this view also the Eiffel Tower?
In last week’s article we took a look on greenery in Paris. Today we will visit one of these green oases where the famous Notre Dame cathedral is located.
After paying our visit to the Les Invalides, we walked along green lanes to Grand Palais and Petit Palais. Before we even got there, we passed beautiful bridge across the Seine named after Tzar Alexander III.
Today, the sixth part of our series about Paris we continue from Notre Dame cathedral to the town hall. From there our steps continue to one of the most controversial buildings in the city. Parisans either love it or hate it.
Again, we woke up to a beautiful sunny morning in Paris. We set off to one of the most famous boulevards in Paris or maybe the world right after the breakfast in hotel. We went to Champs – Élysées. Our goal was clear – shopping!
Rue de Rivoli, a busy street left us with several interesting experiences. Touch of history represented by the St Jacob’s tower or beautiful architecture of an Art Deco shopping mall. Full of energy we headed to the streets of Paris full of sights, this time we visited the church of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois.
Welcome to the capital of France – the city of artists, coffee bars, and gourmet experiences! Writers write constantly what happens on the surface, and there are even more movies. Yet often one of the largest sights in Paris is forgotten and it is mostly underground. Yes, it is Métropolitain, or Métro for short.