A Promenade on the Pont Alexandre III

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Today’s Paris memories center on the city’s beautiful bridges, but especially the ornate and gorgeous Pont Alexandre III. The bridge was a gift to the citizens of Paris from Russian Czar Alexander III, and crosses the Seine between the fantastic Grand Palais and Petit Palais on the Left Bank and the Invalides complex on the Right Bank. Continue Reading →

Remembering the Love Locks on the Pont des Arts

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News out of Paris during the last few days is that the preponderance of padlocks attached to the Pont des Arts—a cultural phenomenon known as “love locks,” in which a couple inscribes their names on a lock, attaches it to the bridge, and throws the key into the Seine, symbolizing their eternal love—caused part of the bridge to collapse. Clearly, the phenomenon has reached a tipping point, as it were. So, what should be done? Here’s my take on how–and why–I hope the love locks can continue. Continue Reading →