‘Love Locks’ on the Pont Des Arts Bridge in Paris
There is scarcely a woman alive who does not dream of walking the streets of Paris with the man she loves! Truly, there is not another city on earth that can compare to this city’s unique romance.
Let’s take that dream a step further by imagining yourself walking hand-in-hand across a Paris bridge, only to be surprised by your true love attaching an initial-engraved padlock to its rustic wooden slats. As he does so, he tosses the key into the Seine River as he confesses his undying love for you….
Um, WOW! How about THAT for romance?! Well, that is exactly what has been happening atop the Pont Des Arts Bridge in Paris! Hundreds of padlocks in various shapes, sizes, and colors – etched with the initials of their love-infused owners – have been affixed to the bridge. (The Pont des Arts is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Seine River and links the Institut de France and the central square of the Palais du Louvre. To learn more about this breathlessly picturesque bridge, click HERE.)
Despite a mysterious, overnight vanishing of all but a few of the padlocks in May of 2010, the tradition has continued. It is not certain if the disappearance was prompted by the Mayor’s office attempting to discreetly remove what they considered to be an “eyesore” on the lovely bridge, or if it the disappearance was simply the work of scrap metal thieves. Either way, the resolve of couples in love could not be thwarted. Once again, new locks immediately began to reappear on the Ponts Des Arts bridge, as a shiny reminder of the inextinguishable romance of Paris! Ahhhh… now, how about THAT for a way to start your week off right?
So, what do you think?! Are the padlocks on the bridge vandalism and distracting, or are they romance at its finest? Leave a comment with your thoughts!
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