Saturday, December 06, 2014

Love, Love Locks and Paris


L'amour is alive and well but it's beginning to take a toll on the Pont des Arts in Paris. The growing tradition of hanging love locks on bridges around the world has destroyed sections of this footbridge. The city of Paris has previously removed and replaced certain sections of the railing as the locks weighed them down and caused the grates to separate from the railing. The Pont des Arts is checked regularly as damaged railings pose safety issues as well.


Some of the locks are fancy and well thought out, some are engraved with the couple's names but most locks are plain and heavy and the names hastily scribbled with a marker. Many locks are now rusty and the names have faded into oblivion.


If you arrive in Paris and want to hang your love lock at the Pont des Arts but you didn't bring a lock, worry not. There are lock sellers around the bridge who will gladly sell you one along with postcards and other souvenir items. These resourceful street peddlers will even sell you an umbrella if it starts to sprinkle.


Sections of the bridge were covered with posters advocating the removal of these love locks during my visit in late November. The controversy continues whether these locks should stay or go but the world of lovers will keep coming to Paris to pledge their love with a lock at the Pont des Arts. Lol.

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Images by travelswithcharie


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