15 4 / 2014

No screens on the windows in Paris + no air conditioning = a long and anxious summer for me.

No screens on the windows in Paris + no air conditioning = a long and anxious summer for me.

15 4 / 2014

My first bo bun (is it still bo bun with shrimp instead of beef?)! A big thanks to Cindy for getting me out of the apt today.
Le Cambodge, 10 avenue Richerand 75010.

My first bo bun (is it still bo bun with shrimp instead of beef?)! A big thanks to Cindy for getting me out of the apt today.

Le Cambodge, 10 avenue Richerand 75010.

12 4 / 2014

With my boo at the opening of the new exhibit at the Cinémathèque Française tonight.

With my boo at the opening of the new exhibit at the Cinémathèque Française tonight.

12 4 / 2014

A beautiful Spring evening to wait in line for the vernissage at the Cinémathèque Française.

A beautiful Spring evening to wait in line for the vernissage at the Cinémathèque Française.

08 4 / 2014

06 4 / 2014

Beautiful rue Lepic in Montmartre.

Beautiful rue Lepic in Montmartre.

06 4 / 2014

Croq’homard !

Croq’homard !

06 4 / 2014

Velouté de fêves: springtime in a bowl at Jeanne B today.

Velouté de fêves: springtime in a bowl at Jeanne B today.

05 4 / 2014

To return to a topic that I posted about earlier in the week, I was going through my iPhoto yesterday and came across the top photograph taken on the Pont des Arts in October 2010. I was shocked to see how sparse the “love locks” were a mere three years prior to the bottom photograph that was taken in September of last year.  Seriously just stop it already.

02 4 / 2014

guardian:

Campaign calls for Paris ‘love locks’ to be banned
With Paris’s bridges groaning under the weight of an estimated 700,000 padlocks scrawled with lovers’ names, campaigners say it’s time to end the love locks ‘madness’. Read more

And, according to Anselmo, it’s not simply an aesthetic concern: “This isn’t just two Americans butting their noses in and saying this isn’t pretty,” she says. “The weight of the locks presents a safety issue. The Pont des Arts is just a little footbridge and is now holding 93 metric tonnes from the locks; regularly the grill work collapses. The city replaces it and two weeks later it fills up again. Sadly a ban seems to be the only way.”
Indeed, for those whose tokens of affection are in jeopardy, the idea of a ban is less than welcome. Ben Lifton attached a love lock in Paris last February when visiting the city with his boyfriend. “We didn’t plan to do it,” he says. “But there was a guy conveniently selling locks and permanent markers next to it, and so for a few euros we thought, ‘why not’. It’s a nice way to deposit something somewhere, and know (or at least hope) that it will be there if, and when, you ever return.”
But for Anselmo and the No Love Locks campaign, if you really love Paris then you will refrain from attaching one. “We respect and understand that the act has a symbolic meaning,” she says. “There was a time when we thought it was a charming idea. But now we realise we need to love Paris a little bit more than that. If it’s really about love, think about the mark you’re leaving on the city and the burden you’re leaving on Parisians.”
Well said.

guardian:

Campaign calls for Paris ‘love locks’ to be banned

With Paris’s bridges groaning under the weight of an estimated 700,000 padlocks scrawled with lovers’ names, campaigners say it’s time to end the love locks ‘madness’. Read more

And, according to Anselmo, it’s not simply an aesthetic concern: “This isn’t just two Americans butting their noses in and saying this isn’t pretty,” she says. “The weight of the locks presents a safety issue. The Pont des Arts is just a little footbridge and is now holding 93 metric tonnes from the locks; regularly the grill work collapses. The city replaces it and two weeks later it fills up again. Sadly a ban seems to be the only way.”

Indeed, for those whose tokens of affection are in jeopardy, the idea of a ban is less than welcome. Ben Lifton attached a love lock in Paris last February when visiting the city with his boyfriend. “We didn’t plan to do it,” he says. “But there was a guy conveniently selling locks and permanent markers next to it, and so for a few euros we thought, ‘why not’. It’s a nice way to deposit something somewhere, and know (or at least hope) that it will be there if, and when, you ever return.”

But for Anselmo and the No Love Locks campaign, if you really love Paris then you will refrain from attaching one. “We respect and understand that the act has a symbolic meaning,” she says. “There was a time when we thought it was a charming idea. But now we realise we need to love Paris a little bit more than that. If it’s really about love, think about the mark you’re leaving on the city and the burden you’re leaving on Parisians.”

Well said.

(Source: theguardian.com)