Erin and James – “Pont des Arts” (Bridge of Arts)

10:17 AM – Last June, we visited the Latin Quarter with Erin and James from Texas. At the end of the route, we passed by the “Pont des Arts”. But where are the famous love padlocks
Too heavy for the bridge, Paris replaced them temporarily by panels painted by artists (while waiting for the definitive transparent panels).
Look at the photo above. The Arms of Paris were represented in a funny way, a banana for the boat and a bone for the mast!

A journalist of the Swiss Television accompanied us and realized this report:

 

A beautiful stroll in Paris.


We actually studied the pediment of the Pantheon. Here is the photo taken in the video:

Erin and James – The Panthéon


“AUX GRANDS HOMMES LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE”
“TO GREAT MEN THE GRATEFUL HOMELAND” is displayed on the Pantheon, monument to the glory of the great Men of French history. The crypt welcomes a large number of famous persons, Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Jean Moulin… Many men but only four women: Marie Curie, Sophie Berthelot (wife of the chemist), Germaine Tillion and Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz, both last ones entered the Pantheon last May. One day, maybe we shall see another inscription: ” TO GREAT WOMEN AND GREAT MEN… “

Let us look closer at the pediment (in the report, we present the French Cock):

The Panthéon – On the left of the Nation, the civil society, on the right, the military representation (even if the high-ranking military figures rest in the Invalides like Napoléon or Foch)


After the Pantheon, we continue our route in the Latin Quarter (Cf. meaning of the name Latin Quarter), after the beautiful “place de la Contrescarpe”, we join the Arenas of Lutèce going through a pretty flowered staircase (in harmony with the running wear!) :

Erin – “Rue Monge” (Monge street)


In the video, we evoke Montaigne’s foot which gives luck:

Erin – “Rue des Ecoles” (Street of the Schools)


The story is funny. The students actually come to caress the foot of the philosopher Montaigne and formulate a wish (success in the examinations thanks to the knowledge of Montaigne?).
Before the current bronze statue, was a marble statue. This statue was created in 1933 by Paul Landowski. Here is the photo of its inauguration:

“Rue des Ecoles” – Statue of Montaigne – 1933


Made with a nice white marble, the statue attracted graffitis, paint, ink, lipstick… The right foot touched permanently and unceremoniously, was broken numerous times.
The statue had to be so often restored that Paris preferred to replace it by an exact copy but with a more robust material, bronze!
Robust, well, look at the patina of the shoe…

For another story about a bronze then marble statue, look this at this article where we speak about the Statue of Louis XIII “place des Vosges”.

Merci Erin ! Merci James !
And thank you Michel from the Swiss Television!

The route of the tour: