Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Love Bridge

Paris is known as the City of Lights, although it is often referred to as the City of Love. And for those in love, there is an interesting tradition in Paris.

From afar, this bridge appears to have gold railings/iron work.

But upon closer inspection, it actually is filled with hundreds of locks.

The custom is to write the names of you and your loved one on the lock, lock it to the bridge and then throw away the key into the Seine. Thereby declaring that your hearts are forever locked together in love. Aw... sigh.

Holly and I decided it would make a good photo op although I am so pale that I appear a bit reflective.
But the real question is.....

Are you cheating when you use a combination lock? That's not very committed now, is it?!?!?!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Four Wheels on the Water

In Windsor and along the London canals, there are lots of houseboats. Some people plant gardens o the top of their houseboat, or travel with pets and bicycles.

I have to admit, this is the first time I've ever seen someone travel with their car on the boat.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Parisien specialties

What I found quite interesting is there are tons of specialists stores in Paris. I got distracted and didn't take pictures of all of them, but somehow in addition to the ones below, I also walked by a candle maker, a sock maker, a paper maker, fake flower maker and a million chocolatiers. That might have been why I was distracted!

You don't have to speak French to understand what their speciality is. Artisan Beers!

Thought this shop looked interesting. This person is master of the biscuit. Butter cookies only!

The view from outside. I was afraid that I might eat them all if I went in. A giant Nilla Wafers store.... mmmmmmmm....


This person is a master soap maker. Who knew that you didn't just go to the drug store to buy your soap? I highly recommend wandering in the 7th arrondismont (neighbordhood). Lots of good finds!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Temporarily Do Not Enter?

Saw this Do Not Enter sign in Paris.

Thought it was hilarious. Does it mean that someone is trying to make it accessible??