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Love locked on a Parisian bridge!

April 21, 2011

With days getting longer and evenings warmer, Parisians’ main preoccupation is now to find the best picnic spot. If you want to follow suit and find just the perfect place then the Pont des Arts is a safe bet. The 200-plus-year-old pedestrian bridge connects the Institut de France (French academy of fine arts) with the Louvre art museum. The bridge collapsed in 1979 after a boat severely hit it but was rebuilt in the early 1980s.
Since then, it has become a trendy spot for painters and photographers alike because of the beautiful view of Paris it offers. More recently however, the bridge has become a popular destination for lovers from all around the world who go there to enjoy the romantic view of course but also to leave an evidence of their mutual and eternal love by locking a padlock on the railings before throwing away the key into the Seine river. More than 2.000 padlocks are now attached to the bridge, much to the astonishment of pedestrians unaware of this tradition.

But Paris officials don’t approve of this increasing trend that is now quickly spreading to other monuments… They fear the lockers might endanger the Parisian monuments and are trying to find alternative solutions such as a metallic tree located in the city center. But even if such project were to see the light, the bridge would remain one of the city’s best picnic spots in the city,  lockers or not!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2011 12:30 am

    thanks for the reminder, I took photos of the locks and now I will bring one with me from Australia, if everyone used only this bridge and not monuments officials may not worry about them anymore, we can only hope. Roz

  2. April 22, 2011 7:09 am

    I love it. :))

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