Many days on the metro we pass by Pont Neuilly and catch a glimpse of this beautiful little temple perched at the tip of the Ile de la Jatte. So we decided to hop off the train and go and see it.
Sad to say, we arrived at the Temple de L'Amour, only to find it sealed behind bars, sadly that was as far as we were allowed to go. We got to the Temple of Love to find it shut! Kevin thought that would make a great title for a country and western song, so we made up some lyrics while we were strolling around the park. If I was game enough, I'd youtube it for you. But I'm not, so I won't. :)
It was sad to see the grafitti on the statue, and I wished I could do some volunteering and go and clean it off. Kevin wanted to go in and clear out the weeds, which got me to wondering, do the French have volunteers to care for some of these areas?
How much fun would it be to have your little bicycle perched at the side of the road waiting for you as you walk up from your house boat while living on the Seine? But only if it has little flowers attached to the bell, and I perhaps would add a little basket where I could put mon petit chien.
From the sign: Claude Monet had a boat studio from which he would paint the banks of the Seine accompanied by his friends, one of whom was Gustave Caillebotte, who moored his boat at Gennevilliers, not far from the island of Ille de la Jatte. It was perhaps on one of these river trips that Monet landed on the island to paint his remarkable canvas "Springtime Through The Branches."
At the side of the Seine next to Ille de la Jatte, you will find some lovely house boats moored. I'd love to stay in one some time, and I notice that there are a few that you can rent via Air BnB if you'd like to have an alternative to a hotel room in Paris.