Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Welcome Sight!

This photo is very special for me. I"ve always loved the Pont des Arts, but in the last 5-6 years the awful "love" locks absolutely ruined this Paris treasure. It was originally built in 1804 and was the first metal bridge built in Paris ,but due to bombardments during both WW and being rammed by a barge, it was closed and rebuilt to exact specifications. The love locks compromised the bridge and in 2014 it was closed and several sections of replaced with glass panels. A total of 45 tons of locks were removed. Today it's again the lovely bridge we all remember and love!


Terry said...

I saw a news item today saying Paris is going to sell the padlocks as mementos and give the money to organizations helping immigrants. Brilliant!

William Kendall said...

A very welcome sight. Love locks are a visual blight.