Padlocks inscribed with lover’s names are locked to the bridge of Pont de Arts in Paris France, the key is then thrown into the river to symbolize their everlasting love. The padlocks began to show up on European bridge in the early 2000′s the source or inspiration varies depending on the city. An increasing trend not only around Europe, but it is spreading around the world. According to Wikipedia, the first padlock is said to have been locked to a bridge in Serbia before the World War ll over a betrayed love! Just a little ironic don’t you think?
There has been much controversy over the locks, for some it is an eye sore and considered a distraction from the heritage. To others a romantic symbol of everlasting love in one of the most romantic cities in the world. The Pont de Arts Bridge in Paris France has this wire mess much like a chain link fence. From a distance the brass locks looking like shimmering brass leaves. Up close we could see the locks that come in many shapes and sizes, some sold by the vendors just steps away, and inscribed with a permanent marker, while others are likely brought somewhere else and inscribed with an engraver.
We first encountered the locks in Florence Italy a couple of years ago, another wonderfully romantic city. Where have you seen them?
For more stories and images of this beautiful city: Paris
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JoAnna and Jeff, enjoying a quiet moment after the wedding…..
Jeff and JoAnna enjoy a quiet moment after the wedding ceremony. Earlier in the day it looked like it might rain, but the afternoon was beautiful and warm, a little breezy, but no mosquitos! It was a beautiful day for a wedding. The bridge is too high to actually dangle your feet in the water, but it is a nice place to sit. The kids were close by watching and waiting, you can see the shadows on the left.
Another beautiful view of downtown Calgary, just off Memorial Dr. and just below the Center Street lower deck. I will have to admit that I didn’t take this yesterday morning…………my alarm clock, aka Bill, slept in! yes you heard it hear. Bill had a late meeting (8am) at another office and rather than go to his office at the usual 7am he decided to sleep it. But didn’t tell me – so I too was running late and didn’t get out for photos before heading on my own round of appointments.
Tomorrow is a new day – there will be another sunrise – and I plan on seeing it.
This is a quiet little pedestrian bridge on the east side of Princess Island Park, that it seems, very few people know about. Princess Island park is linked to Eau Claire and downtown Calgary with three bridges. There is currently one bridge connecting Princess Island to Calgary’s northwest communities and Memorial Drive, but that is soon to change.
It was a great fall morning, water was still and the clouds were perfect! You know that when your day starts like this it is going to be a good day.
I love to see the sunrise, I just hate getting out of my warm bed to do it, but when I do, it really seems to pay off….
Here the sun is just coming over the Center Street bridge, and all was quite this morning! The trees are turning color, lots of the trees have lost their leaves, it was beautiful. The hard part about photographing the sunrise here is Calgary you either have to get up really early,or you are freezing. When I say early I mean early, like 4:30 as sunrise happens around 5:30 am. This time of the year the sunrise is about 8:13 am, which is a very reasonable hour. The temperature this morning was about 5 celsius, which is also quite reasonable. As the fall turns to winter and the rise is later in the day, the temperatures can and will get much colder.
It doesn’t matter either I have to wake up early, or I have to be cold, most times I am rewarded with a great sunrise and glad I made the effort, seeing the sunrise is a great way to start the day.
One the way home from the Renassance workshop in Dubrovnik I watched a video presentation by Robb Kendrick sponsored by National Geographic. I found the video presentation on itunes and had downloaded it before going on holidays. I have some training in the old fashioned dark room, but many, many moons have pasted since I have used any of the skills, but I was inspired to try and recreate a tintype photo in my digital darkroom, aka photoshop!!!!
I think it turned out pretty good, leave a comment, let me know what you think or if you have any tips for re-creating this type of image………………
It was 6 am and we were on our way to St. Mark’s Square to see the sunrise – the question of why did cross our minds, as it was raining it was quite possible there would not be much of a sunrise. We were already awake, out the door and wet stop! Here is Bill standing on the bridge waiting for me as I get some pictures off the Accedemia Bridge.
sumitted to See it Sunday a weekend collections, this week’s theme “wet” I invite you to go and check out the other great photos
we were rewarded with a great view, but not much of a sunrise……………