Love padlock are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts at an increasing number of locations in the world to symbolize their everlasting love.
Last week, I saw love padlocks blossoming on the Eiserner Steg bridge.
The most love padlocks I've ever seen were affixed to the Pont des Arts, Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor and the Pont de l'Archevêché bridges in Paris.
Here in Toronto, love padlocks were removed from the Humber Bridge due to concerns over aesthetics and structural concerns if the bridge were to become a love padlock destination.
Saturday was a sunny 6° in Frankfurt, and I spent the bulk of the day walking the city.
Frankfurt was bombed heavily during WWII, and most historical buildings were destroyed. Still, I found some pretty spectacular sights.
If you'd like to see more of my pictures of Frankfurt, I have a Flickr photoset right here.
You likely know Johann Wolfgang von Goethe better simply as Goethe, if you know him at all. Despite being widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of all-time, right up there with William Shakespeare, he doesn't get nearly as much recognition as Billy does. Goethe needs better PR.
His good name certainly hasn't been forgotten in Germany. He's all over Frankfurt, the city of his birth, immortalized in statues and monuments throughout the city. Here's one I visited in downtown Frankfurt earlier today.
Faust is Goethe's most famous work, but he also wrote The Sorrows of Young Werther, The Alder King, Iphigenia in Tauris, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Elective Affinities. The man was prolific.
His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, and more than 10,000 letters written by him are extant, as are nearly 3,000 drawings.
Tip a glass for Goethe, the forgotten genius, who is deservedly celebrated throughout Frankfurt, Germany.
I haven't really had a chance to explore Frankfurt yet, but this is what I see outside the office I'm working in this week.
It's called Alte Oper, or Old Opera, and as you might guess, it's Frankfurt's former Opera house. Here's a shot from the Opernplatz in front.
Prior to being bombed in WWII, Alte Oper hosted the premiere of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in 1937.
I have a question for the hivemind.
Have you ever been to Frankfurt, Germany?
I'll be there all next week and I'm curious as to what you'd recommend I do when I'm there. What do I have to see and do in Frankfurt?
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