Thursday, December 20, 2012
Day 25- Love Locks
So I am backtracking a bit but this was something I really wanted to mention. While in Paris we noticed something neither of us had never seen before, a bridge covered with pad locks. Our shuttle driver pointed some out as we drove to our hotel but we really didn't get the full affect until saw the bridge for ourselves. For those of you who haven’t heard of them, here's the story (according to bonjourparis.com). A couple writes their names on a padlock and locks it onto one of the bridges. They then throw the key into the Seine River as a symbol of their undying love. As BonjourParis reported last year, the locks on the Pont des Arts near the Louvre were cut off, reportedly by the government. But romance beats politics in Paris and the locks can now be seen on two Paris bridges: Pont des Arts and Pont de l'Archevêché. However, there is a difference on which bridge you pledge your love. Some say the only way to break the seal of love brought on by this love lock act is to find the key and unlock the padlock. Of course, that is nearly impossible, since the keys lie at the bottom of the river. This reality induces many brokenhearted individuals to return with bolt cutters to try to chop off the padlocks. So, on second thought, maybe it wasn’t the government after all. Eric and I thought it was pretty cool, ever though we did not partake in it we could appreciate the meaning behind it.
Posted by Tara Plizga at 5:27 AM