Saturday, 21 June 2014

Layouts 43, 44 and 45


Are you having a fabulous weekend?  I hope so.  I'm getting a bit of stamping time in, which is lots of fun.  I'm hoping to finish my Paris album soon - I got the last of my photos printed this week ready to scrap.  In the meantime, here's a few more layouts.

We'd done a lot of walking this day and visited a lot of different places, so by the time we got to Notre Dame we were pretty tired!  We decided to sit a people watch a while so that we could rest.  The front courtyard of Notre Dame is a perfect place for people watching!  We were also able to revisit our favourite crepe vendor, so we sat and munched on ham and cheese crepes while we watched the world go by and see how Notre Dame came to life with lights as dusk settled over the city.  We may have also snuck in some lemon and sugar crepes too.

We had been waiting for dark so that we could do the 'love locked' thing on the Pont des Arts.  What you do is buy a padlock, engrave it with your names, lock it to the bridge and throw the keys into the Seine.  The reason you do it is so that you are forever love locked.  How could we go to the world's most romantic city and not do it?

It was a lovely night on the bridge.  It's a pedestrian bridge, so there were many small groups of people picnicking on the bridge and just hanging out. We felt a little self conscious doing it, but no one paid us any attention.  I'm sure they are used to tourists doing it all the time!

Sadly, I saw on the news last week that they have had to cut all of the locks off the bridge as the weight of them had caused a section of the handrail to collapse, making the bridge unsafe.  Just another reason to try to get back to Paris to do it again!

The Pont des Arts is near to the Louvre (and the Metro station we needed to get to).  We had to cross the courtyard to get to the Metro and as we did the Eiffel Tower caught our eye - we saw the sparkling lights for the first time.  We decided to wait and watch it again, as is was so very pretty.  There is also plenty of people watching to do at the Louvre, so we found a quiet corner and settled in.  There are a heap of illegal souvenir sellers in the courtyard.  During the day they sell cheap Eiffel Towers, but at night they sell these little light up things that shoot off into the air. They were lots of fun to watch as we waited.

Thanks for coming on a little more of my Paris journey with me.

Bye for now,


1 comment:

  1. Great memories Tina - reminds me of my time there. I totally agree "The front courtyard of Notre Dame is a perfect place for people watching!"


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