5 Days in Paris: Love Locks
It took me nearly 20 trips to Paris to venture off the beaten tourist path and explore other photo opportunities the city has to offer. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t previously discovered this bridge, but crossing the Seine from Ile Saint-Louis to Rive Gauche, I found something I have never before seen. The entire fencing along the bridge was covered in padlocks and colorful streamers. Upon closer inspection, most of the padlocks had names, initials or other writing on them.
Like the colorful pairs of lace-tied sneakers thrown over power lines in some cities, these locks formed a latticework of color and texture spanning the entire length of the bridge. The streamers represented locks for those who didn’t have access to, or couldn’t afford, an actual padlock.
What were these locks about, I wondered…
They are Love Locks! As a bridge joins two bodies, these locks join two hearts. A public declaration of one’s love for another. Lovers write their names or initials on a padlock, latch it to the bridge and throw the key into the river, symbolizing their hearts forever locked in love.
The lights, the sights, the food and the mood of Paris are romantic enough for any traveler. Please don’t remain naïve enough to think that once you have seen Paris, you have “been there and done that.” Paris is such a dynamic city it continually reinvents itself. Thought you were already in love with Paris? How about showing the world your love for each other by adding your Love Lock to the Pont de l’Archevêché bridge?
Next year will be our 20th anniversary and what better gift to give each other than our very own Love Lock in Paris? Au Revoir…