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The weight of love (locks)!

When I first saw the love locks on Pont des Arts bridge on the river Seine in Paris, I thought it was a really cool idea, and the only reason I did not leave my mark on a railing of the bridge overflowing with love-locks and toss metal in water, is that, well, I could not find a lock.

It so turns out that – surprise surprise – these locks are actually bad for the beautiful Pont des Arts and other historical structures, and in June 2015, a bunch of these locks, all 45 tonne of them, became meat for bolt cutters.

Here are some pictures of the locks that were, quite literally, weighing down the Pont des Arts. Adieu, dear locks!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Yellow

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This picture of yellow flowers was taken in the Champagne region, France, famous for producing its namesake bubbly drink, somewhere between the towns of Reims and Epernay.

I am not a photographer or even an amateur photographer. But I am stunned by the photography talent here at WordPress. See for yourself by checking out other submissions for this week’s photo challenge 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge – Angular

When I first read the word “Angular”, I immediately thought of the pyramids of Giza, Egypt, the ancient iconic structures that we see resonated in plenty of instances in modern day architecture.

Alas, I have not been to Egypt and witnessed the pyramids firsthand. So, for this week’s photo challenge – “Angular”, I have settled for I.M. Pei designed Glass Pyramid which along with three smaller pyramids, sits proudly with all its glass and metallic splendor in the courtyard of the Louvre in Paris.

Glass Pyramid - Louvre, Paris

Glass Pyramid – Louvre, Paris

This picture was taken on a cold and cloudy February afternoon in Paris.

For more takes on “Angular” theme, click here!

A tryst with the French Alps

There is more to France than just Paris, as we discovered in our 7 day trip to France. We spent only 2 nights in the French Alps but the region is beautiful and magical and much lesser known than its Swiss neighbour and thus an easy choice for my first real blog post.

Annecy is a beautiful town in the foothills of the French Alps. It took us about 5 hours to drive from Champagne to Annecy. The drive itself is memorable – there is a point when you enter a tunnel and when you come out, the scenery has completely changed, and you gasp because you are surrounded now by the majestic and supremely beautiful Alps (which I have realized, are beautiful in any country).

The town is adjacent to a an alpine lake, Lac d’ Annecy, which provides a glimmering blue backdrop. The town center has a very medieval feel to it. A main canal runs through the town which gives it a lot of character.  What struck me most were the flowers in the plentiful window boxes which made the town even more charming.  A small château sits in the middle of a the canal and completes the picture-perfect vista.

Annecy's beautiful town center

Annecy’s beautiful town center

Dusk settles over this beautiful town that is surrounded by the Alps!

Dusk settles over this beautiful town that is surrounded by the Alps!

Colourful flowers add to the magic!

Colourful flowers add to the magic!

Gorgeous Lac d'Annecy!

Gorgeous Lac d’Annecy!

Having spent one wonderful evening in Annecy, the next morning we drove to the ski-resort town of Chamonix. Breathtaking scenery accompanied us as the road curved through the Alps. Chamonix is right on the border of Italy, Germany and France, and a wrong detour nearly took us from France to Italy. In Chamonix, a quintessential Alpine town, we found ourselves surrounded by wooden lodges amidst pine trees and rolling clouds.

The drive from Annency to Chamonix

The drive from Annecy to Chamonix

The drive from Annecy to Chamonix

Surrounded by a lot of beauty!

Chamonix!

Chamonix!

Chamonix is one of the gateways to the Mont Blanc mountain range (it contains Mont Blanc, the highest mountain peak in Europe). Sometimes the weather gods smile and give you the perfect weather, so you can make the most of your limited time in a remote destination you are unlikely to visit in the near future and experience the best of what the place has to offer….. and THEN there are the other times…. (when the weather gods are smirking and saying “nice try“, as we were about to find out!).

In Chamonix you can take a cable car to Aiguille du Midi, a mountain peak in the Mont Blanc . This is the one of the highest cable cars in the world, and still holds the record for the highest vertical ascent through a cable car, which takes you to a platform for a 360° views of the Alps and the iconic Mont Blanc.  So, of course, we had to try it! The ascent with the cable car was thrilling, but when we reached the viewing platform, a massive snow storm began. Visibility was reduced to zero and it appeared as if the world outside was shrouded in a white blanket. No panoramic view of the Alps for us this time around! We waited for the storm to subside while sipping coffee at 12,605 ft., and then took the cable car ride back.

Making the ascent into the Snow Storm!

Making the ascent into the Snow Storm!

We were up there!

We were up there!

Goodbye beautiful Alps..!
Goodbye beautiful Alps..

(“Us” refers to me and my husband – travel companion extraordinaire!)

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