Photographer's Note the lyrics go, in the immensely popular 1931 song by Englishmen Flanagan and Allen. But they were singing about a railway bridge and the homeless men who slept beneath it during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Perhaps there will be another long depression, stemming from the deflation of the debt bubble, and no doubt the homeless will return in numbers to places like this.

For those who are interested, here are the lyrics of the famous song:

Underneath the arches,
We dream our dreams away,
Underneath the arches,
On cobblestones we lay.
Back to back we're sleeping,
Tired out and Worn,
Happy when the daylight comes creeping,
Heralding the dawn.
Sleeping when it's raining,
And sleeping when it's fine,
Trains rattling by above.
Pavement is my pillow,
No matter where I roam,
Underneath the arches,
We dream our dreams of home.

The Pont Neuf carries no railway, and I've not seen any homeless people sheltering beneath the arches closest to the Garonne's banks, although I admit I've never looked there during the cold night. I've certainly seen men sheltering below bridges spanning Toulouse's canals. This photo was taken around the middle of the afternoon, this time from the north side of the bridge. Because the view is to the south, any photo taken from this position will be contre-jour; I manipulated the angle to try to eliminate as much of the bright back-light as possible, and waited for some walkers to provide focal points. Through the farther arch one can mount steps to the Quai Tounis and walk back across the east end of the bridge. Here, one can see the bricks which have made Toulouse famous as the pink city, or 'La Ville Rose'.

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