This lock on a bridge thing is getting ridiculous. This was taken outside Notre Dame; nowhere near a bridge. I remember Gigi saying on the tour that someone has started a divorce bridge, where you put a lock up to make sure you never get back together. 🙂
See the pink on this bridge? This was the bridge where everyone would come to Paris o put their locks on. For those who’ve escaped this thing: you write your initials on a padlock, go to this particular bridge in Paris, attach your padlock to the bridge and then throw the key into the Seine, thus logically ensuring that your love will last forever.
This was all well and good until a section of the padlocked bridge fell off due to the weight. Not in the water, thank goodness, because the huge likelihood is that people would’ve been in a boat passing underneath and they would’ve been hurt. It fell on the road, but when they weighed it and calculated how much was on the bridge they realised that this old bridge was carrying an extra 50 tonnes in weight.They cut off all the padlocks and put signs, stickers and a massive media campaign explaining how this will damage these centuries-old bridges.
They were ignored, so the authorities put up the pink stuff over the bridge to block them.
Here’s what’s happening on the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, just up from the pink one. Unbelievable how stupid some people can be.
Before we went on our walking tour Scott took me to the Isle de Citie, where it ends in a point.
Of course the French have landscaped it.
This is Henri IV, who was a Protestant Prince back in the day. He famously said, when offered the crown of France but told he had to turn Catholic, “Paris is worth a mass.” I was devastated to hear from the guy on the walking tour we did that he’d been assassinated.
I love this skyline.
This is the entrance to the Concierergie and the Sainte-Chappelle, both of which we visited later in the day. The French sure do love their gilding.
The Water Police.
The guide showing us some 17th Century graffiti.
These are bullet holes left in the police station after the Nazis attacked it during the liberation of Paris from the Nazi occupation in 1944.
Then, after the tour we went to the Conciergerie, the prison during the French revolution.
Here’s a cell for the common prisoners.
Here’s one if you had a few Euros to give to the gaolers.
Jeanne de la Motte. Worth reading the link to see what she did with her life. What a cow.
Here’s what Maris Antionette’s cell would’ve looked like.
This is the rug that was actually in her cell. OMG.
Here’s what she looked like just before she died.
And so you don’t get too maudlin, here’s a shot of the window from the ladies loo. See how thick the walls are?
Centre de Pompidou – the museum of Modern art. This was a bit of a bonus. It wasn’t on the official itinerary that Scott drew up, but it was in his mind as a possibility. Seeing as we were in the area we decided to dive in. It was free for us because we’d bought Museum passes for the week. No queue, just straight through. Just like being on the tour!
I have to say, this is a weird looking building. All of the workings that are normally hidden from view inside the walls are out on display. So all of the heating ducts, air con, escalators etc are all there for the world to see. It seems strange, sitting in the middle of such an elegant city. But then, what do I know?
These were part of an installation in the fountain beside the museum.It was all very bright and cheery… lots of people, pigeons and music.
I took photos of some of the art that grabbed me.
Picasso – ‘Arlequin’ 1923. I saw this from across the room and had to walk over. I like that it looks unfinished.
This was my absolute favourite. If a power outage had’ve happened and all the alarms went out, I would’ve stuffed this into my handbag in an instant. Klee – ‘Pfeil im Garten’ 1929. Apologies for the weird colours; the light was on the glass and it messed with it a bit. My advice is to drop everything and go and see it instantly.
This one reminded me of Split Enz’s ‘True Colours’ album. That record got me through year 12. Mondrian – ‘Composition en Rouge, Bleu et Blanc II. (1937).
I don’t know who did this one, but I could see it in my hallway. 🙂
Picasso – ‘La Muse’. 1935.
OMG. Could this be any nicer??? Picasso – ‘Le Guitarist’ 1910. I don’t know where or how he gets a guy playing a guitar here, but I love it anyway.
Delaunay – ‘Formes Circulaires, Soleil No 2’. 1912 – 1913.
I don’t believe it took 2 years to paint this, but I like the colours and the shapes.
This is a fine figure of a woman… Matisse- ‘Jeanette IV’… 1911.
I love the sheer exuberance in this one. Chagall… (remember I was at his grave a few days ago? It’s nice to catch up.)
This is ‘Double Portrait au verre du vin.” 1917 – 1918. A wedding portrait. 🙂
Love this one too. Klee – Florentinisches Villen Viertel 1926.
Here’s the view across Paris to Montmartre from the top of the museum. Weird to think I was only there a couple of days ago.
Lots happening in the next few days. Woo hoo!