Tagged With "Pont des Arts"

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France to open new 36,000-year-old "museum"

PHeymont ·
Puzzling headline? Fascinating story. In the Ardeche region of southern France, 20 years ago, the Pont d'Arc cave was discovered and found to contain over a thousand examples of the best-preserved pre-historic art. The work is twice as old as at the...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 18, 2014: Ponte Vecchio, Florence

DrFumblefinger ·
Rumor has it that even the deranged Adolph Hitler saw the significance and beauty of the bridge and refused to bomb it as he retreated from Italy. Perhaps the only decent thing that man ever did.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 18, 2014: Ponte Vecchio, Florence

rbciao ·
We've been to Florence many, many times and never tire of its amenities. The city will always have a special place in my heart because my oldest son was a souvenir of our last night there in 1980...Pensione Desiree on Via Fiume. When we returned to Florence in 1988 with two children we stayed at Pensione Desiree again. When I explained the circumstances to the owners, Ugo and his wife, she grabbed Tommy and gave him a big kiss. They fussed over us the entire time we were there. We went back...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 18, 2014: Ponte Vecchio, Florence

PortMoresby ·
  I confess, Florence is not my favorite city in Italy.  But, that aside, one may be hard-pressed to find a more interesting bridge than the Ponte Vecchio.  I can’t afford the wares peddled in the jewelry shops that line the...
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Ponte Vecchio at night

Jonathan L ·
Ponte Vecchio at night
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Apr. 9, 2016: Roman graffitti at the Pont du Gard

PHeymont ·
Almost any monument or structure that lasts more than a few years becomes a graffiti target. The Pont du Gard has been one for a thousand years!
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Where Gumbo Was #3 and #3.5: Vernon and Paris

PHeymont ·
The Old Mill is a survivor. Built onto a bridge to save money, it still stands, but the bridge is gone. Not only the one it first stood on, but several of its replacements.  The first stone bridge, replacing a wooden one, was built in the early...
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Embankment near Florence's Ponte Vecchio collapses

Travel Rob ·
A section of river embankment collapsed, near famous Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, causing part of a road and at least 20 parked cars to be sent into a ditch
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Paris set to unlock the 'Love Locks' problem

PHeymont ·
  'Love Locks,' those padlocks attached to bridges and monuments all over, with the key thrown away to symbolize unbreakable affection, have been the subject of a serious backlash in many cities, and now Paris is ready to move on demands by local...
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October 8, 2019: Ponte Coperto, Pavia, Italy

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe visits the covered bridge in Pavia, a spot favored by many, including Albert Einstein.
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Re: Love-lorn lock-hangers keep Paris busy

Travel Rob ·
As Kingtikitaki showed, South Korea has the right idea. Make certain areas where people can put the love locks, so they don't put them everywhere. Trying to stop them, is just not working.
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Mar. 19, 2016: Ancient Trees, Ancient Bridge

PHeymont ·
Three ancient olive trees keep company with an even older bridge, the famed Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that once brought water to Nîmes.
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Love-lorn lock-hangers keep Paris busy

PHeymont ·
Despite all efforts, the love locks keep appearing on Paris bridges, which had previously been damaged by tons of locks. New measures are in place, but...
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Verona: More than Romeo & Juliet

PHeymont ·
  Verona from the hills, looking toward St. Anastasia and the Ponte Pietra   My visit to Verona last summer was almost an accident—but a lucky one. It wasn’t on the original plan for our three weeks in Northern Italy, but online...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #3 and #3.5: Vernon and Paris

GarryRF ·
Very interesting piece of history Paul. Puts some logic into how this anomaly came to be. I don't think I could sleep with all that water beneath me. Knowing that one day it will fall into the river below !
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #3 and #3.5: Vernon and Paris

PHeymont ·
Odd thing...these were originally written separately and I only just noticed that both of them involved bridges financed by house-building on them. Might be interesting to see how many we can find where the shops or houses have survived. I can think of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and the Rialto bridge in Venice, but that's as far as I go...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #3 and #3.5: Vernon and Paris

GarryRF ·
Gets to be an interesting subject when explored Medieval London Bridge - from an engraving in Eton College
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #3 and #3.5: Vernon and Paris

DrFumblefinger ·
This is turning into a rather scholarly discussion. I like that old etching, GarryRF! To the list of old bridges I'd like to add Pulteney Bridge in Bath, England, which I visited some time ago. Don't believe I have a photo of it. There are a number of modern bridges I've seen that have restaurants built into them, usually elevated (you have to take an elevator to get to them) and more for novelty and view than practicality of the entire thing (in the old days, at the Ponte Vecchio in...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 8, 2014: Two Gentlemen of Verona

DrFumblefinger ·
An amazing church, PHeymont!
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 8, 2014: Two Gentlemen of Verona

PHeymont ·
    No, they're not the ones Shakespeare wrote about; these gentlemen shoulder a different burden, holding up the baptismal fonts of the Saint Anastasia church near the ancient Ponte Pietra. The brick Gothic church dates to the 13th century,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr. 20, 2015: Les Canards en Seine

PHeymont ·
  You often hear how important it is to "get all your ducks in a row." Well, here they are, lined up on a chilly December morning in Paris. These three were taking their chances (or their leisure...I'm not a duckologist) in turbulent water just...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 17, 2015: Love Locks, Pont des Arts, Paris

PHeymont ·
No one really knows where it started, but it's spread all over the world in the past few years—"Love Locks" snapped onto railings, especially on bridges.   Some hate them and feel they disfigure spaces with other purposes (in Basel, we...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 17, 2015: Love Locks, Pont des Arts, Paris

Travel Rob ·
When I first started seeing the locks, I thought it was a vow to return- which still makes more sense to me then locking up love on a bridge
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 17, 2015: Love Locks, Pont des Arts, Paris

DrFumblefinger ·
Sadly I think this is just an act of symbolism. Most of those locked loves are unlocked by the two participants in short order. I've always worried about the weight of all that metal on a bridge, and hearing that it damaged the bridge is no surprise. I think the idea of placing them elsewhere is a good one.
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Re: Verona: More than Romeo & Juliet

Former Member ·
There are places in Verona in which you can still see the Roman cart wheel ruts cut into the paving stones. We found that evocative and fascinating. Seeing physical evidence while on vacation from ages past gives the expression "time trip" new meaning.
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Re: Verona: More than Romeo & Juliet

PHeymont ·
True...Verona is one of those cities where you can feel past and present in the same moment. It's a bit like the Allen Ginsberg quote that reflects my fascination with Paris: "You can't escape the past in Paris, and yet what's so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn't seem to burden."
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Re: Verona: More than Romeo & Juliet

PortMoresby ·
For garden lovers, one of the best-preserved renaissance gardens in Italy, the Giardini Giusti: http://www.zainoo.com/en/italy...rona/giardini-giusti
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Re: Verona: More than Romeo & Juliet

rbciao ·
Verona was definitely a highlight of our 2012 pilgrimage to the "old country." The city was modern and old at the same time. People watching in the Piazza Bra was like having a peak into the living room of the Veronese. It seems like a place on a secondary travel network: like a place to go after you've seen the "big 3." This trip was a return after not stopping here since 1982 and we were very pleased. The sites were interesting, the people were friendly, and the gelato was first-rate.
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