In Paris there are a number of bridges which cross the Seine and are adorned with thousands of padlocks. These padlocks are locked onto the bridge by lovers from all around the world. In 2010 the Paris Municipal Council removed all the locks, which originally started appearing in 2000.
In less than 2 years, the padlocks are reappearing thick and fast.
On one of these bridges, the Pont des Arts, is a padlock with our names on it. The twentieth panel in looking down the river towards the Eiffel tower. We chose the 20th panel to signify the date on which we married a few weeks before
We purchased our padlock from one of the street vendors which set up alongside the river. They sell all kinds of Paris memorabilia from second hand books to tacky replicas of the Eiffel Tower, complete with flashing lights! I wished we had of been more organised and had our padlock engraved, but due to time constraints we had to be happy with a permanent marker.
We stood for ages and read the padlocks and I imagined the couples coming here to "lock" their love in. I wondered if they were happy on the day they did it and were they still as happy today? I hoped so, as I hoped the same for us.
Some of the padlocks were expensive looking and ornately engraved and some were tiny little cheap ones with the very popular permanent marker engraving.We counted the panels, which we had to do three times over just to make sure, and agreed on a spot at the centre top. Our lock was rather large, and we smugly thought others might think it means we love each other more. In reality, it was the only one the vendor had.
We both bolted the lock shut in the carefully chosen position and kissed each other. It was so romantic. It really was. Standing in Paris, on a bridge, locking in our love and kissing. This kind of stuff happens in Paris ... because, you know ... Paris is the City of Love :)
It was a really lovely thing to do. It feels like we have left a little piece of our love on a bridge in Paris. I just hope our lock is still there when we go back to Paris one day and the council hasn't removed them all.
It is funny, I wasn't sure I was going to like Paris, in fact I was prepared to dislike it. I thought it would be one of those places where you have such high expectations and it can't possibly live up to them. I'm not sure what I expected, but I do know I didn't expect to love it so much. I wasn't even looking forward to going. How wrong I was and how glad I am that we went. It is a place I can't wait to visit again. Everywhere you turn there is something amazing. On our first night we crossed a bridge and turned a corner and there laid out in front of us in all it's glory was the Lourve. Amazing stuff. I don't think it is possible to not fall in love with Paris. There is something about this place that just oozes romance, beauty and love, and I believe that even the most jaded person in the world could go to Paris and fall in love with someone or something.
Have you been to Paris? Did you fall in love?