I missed it.
I missed it.
Travelers that dream of seeing the world often have their list of top places or sites they want to see. Those lists start developing early. My first item on the list was Mont Saint Michele, France after reading about it in a high school French class text book. Being able to see it years later was literally a dream come true. It was as magical as I had hoped.
Over the years the list has grown and grown and grown – especially with the gorgeous photos on Pinterest! Do you add things to your list when you visit Pinterest? At this point, it is safe to say that if I haven’t been there, yet….it is on the list.
But, alas…..as time passes things change. I just read today about the love locks on the bridges in Paris being removed. They are heavy and damage the integrity of the fence they are locked onto. Pieces of the bridge have been damaged and in the interest of safety they are being removed. The fences will be replaced with plexiglass borders so the locks can not return. I have heard travelers love the lock idea, but many Parisians don’t, so perhaps in Paris itself there is no love lost.
And I missed it. I’ve been there several times, but all back in the day before lovers placed their lock on the bridge and threw away the key to symbolize their unending love. Paris is for lovers so it seemed to fit. But, now it will be gone and those locks will be another symbol….a symbol of what was missed.
But something new is always afoot and the world ebbs and flows. We now look ahead and add something new to the list! And, at the same time, we add another chapter to the story we will tell one day to younger travelers. We’ll say, “I remember when the bridge was so full of locks that the fence broke in some places. So many locks to symbolize love.” Without the internet to prove such statements, younger travelers would surely have wondered if this is another story like the ones where someone walked uphill to school barefoot in knee deep snow – both ways!
Savor the moment, enjoy what there is to see, but pine not for what is lost. The future holds more that our imaginations can conjure!
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Natalie, The Educational Tourist