A few years ago, I was lucky enough to spend some time in Paris. It truly is a magical place.
We stumbled upon a scene that reminded me of Paris in the movies. I shot a little video of the moment so I could remember it forever.
I ended up marrying the brunette who walks by at the 14 second mark.
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.
Oscar Wilde would have been 158 years old today. He was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.
He passed away in 1900, but that didn't stop me from stalking him last month. In Dublin, I visited the house in which he was raised.
Across the street, in Merrion Square, there was the coolest memorial I've ever seen. It's Oscar Wilde sitting on a large granite boulder.
Then there's the Oscar Wilde's plaque in the Literary Parade of Irish Writers in St. Patrick's Park.
In Paris, I visited Oscar Wilde's final resting place in the city in which he died. Here's his grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery. For more pictures from Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, go here.
Happy Bithday, Oscar!
Paris is the most photogenic city I've ever been to. Around every corner is another beautiful scene begging to be photographed. Here are a few of my favourite pics taken this week in Paris, France.
Paris is full of life, and I've been living it up, but that doesn't mean I haven't made time for the dead.
Yesterday I visited the Cimetière du Montparnasse and today I made the trek to Cimetière du Père-Lachaise to visit the world's most visited cemetery. At the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise lies the final resting place of Jim Morrison.
Jim Morrison attracts the crowd, but a short walk away is composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric Chopin. His grave monument is also well decorated by adoring fans.
In the same cemetery is Édith Piaf, widely regarded as France's national popular singer, as well as being one of France's greatest international stars.
Édith Piaf's "La Vie en rose" is everywhere in Paris. Someone was playing it outside the Sacré-Cœur Basilica earlier today.
Also in the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise attracting a great deal of fanfare is the grave belonging to Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde.
At Cimetière du Montparnasse, I stumbled upon the very popular grave belonging to Serge Gainsbourg. I had to look him up to learn that he was a French singer, songwriter, poet, composer, artist, actor and director and was regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.
I had no idea.
Here are a few other photos from my visit to these two Paris cemeteries.
Bonjour from sunny hot Paris, France. Everything in Paris is so photogenic, it overwhelms the senses. At every turn, there's another scene out of a movie.
I'll share more later, but for now, here's a little video I took yesterday of a typical scene in Paris.
À la prochaine...
I have a question for the hivemind.
Have you ever been to Paris? Not Paris, Ontario, but Paris, France...
I'm going there on Friday 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 Paris?
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