Foto Friday: Locks of Love, Paris

Foto Friday: Locks of Love, Paris

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.

This week’s photo is of locks of love in Paris.

Stretching across the Seine, the Pont des Arts has become known as one of the most romantic locations in Paris. Not because the views are spectacular or the bridge has some special story behind it, but because young couples gather there to symbolize their love with a padlock. Together the couple will lock a padlock, or now known as a love lock, to the bridge before tossing the key into the river below– representing their unbreakable love for each other.

While this is now done at many locations all of the world, I’ve never seen it done to the same extent as on the Pont des Arts. I’m not even sure another lock could fit on the bridge as there was no an inch of empty space left on the actual bridge. Instead, couples were not locking their padlocks to the other padlocks, causing it to pile up and out from the railing.

It was fun wandering along the bridge, looking at the different pictures and inscriptions written in almost every language possible. Someday maybe, just maybe, I’ll return and add my own lock to this romantic spot along the Seine.

Paris - June 2014

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  1. September 1, 2014 / 3:49 pm

    I haven’t seen this love lock bridge in Paris but I do love them! There’s a beautiful one in Salzburg too but I’ve still not got round to putting my own lock on yet!

    • Beth Williams
      September 29, 2014 / 10:08 am

      I missed the one in Salzburg! We saw other bridges in Italy … and it was very popular when I lived in Japan and Hong Kong! Only they didn’t put the locks on bridges, but rather on designated love lock monuments located around the cities.

  2. August 31, 2014 / 1:22 am

    Such an adorable tradition!

    • Beth Williams
      September 29, 2014 / 10:05 am

      I know! I love it :)

  3. August 30, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    I love these locks too! It’s amazing how creative people have becoming. There are so many beautifully engraved and designed locks. When I visited, I was lucky enough to see a bride and groom taking wedding photos on the bridge!

    • Beth Williams
      September 29, 2014 / 10:05 am

      Aw, that sounds adorable! I saw lots of couples taking wedding photos all around Paris, but surprisingly, none on the Pont des Arts!

  4. August 30, 2014 / 12:09 am

    I love love locks!!!
    I am literally the least romantic person ever and I love them, I think it’s the cutest expression of love ever. That and food.

    • Beth Williams
      September 29, 2014 / 10:04 am

      I think they’re adorable!! I’m so sad they’ll be taking them down.