Love and Paris go hand in hand. The proof is in Paris’ love lock bridge (previously) located at Pont des arts, a bridge over the beautiful Seine River. Lover’s from all around the world gathered on this bridge, placed their padlocks on its rails and threw their keys into the river. From 2008-2014 over 700,000 love locks were hung from the Pont des Art bridge. This number is insane and does not even include the thousands removed by city workers previously.
In 2014 the Pont des arts started to buckle from all of the weight of the love locks. To help maintain the structure and public safety, the Mayor of Paris ordered the removal of the padlock covered railings. The railings were replaced and covered with a plexiglass which prevented the padlocks from being attached.
The railings filled with love locks were then placed throughout the city as ‘art’ and is even being auctioned off with proceeds going to charity.
When my I was prepping for my girl’s trip with my Mother last winter- I knew wanted to surprise her with a love lock. I ordered an adorable love lock off of Etsy and had our initials, month of our trip/year and Mother & Daughter engraved on the front. On the back was engraved “you are my sunshine.” I made sure to carry it around in my purse with us throughout our trip in Paris.
One of the first few days of our visit, we were crossing Pont Notre-Dame on our way to Sainte Chapelle and I surprised my Mom with the love lock! She was so surprised and loved it! Here are a few photos below: Enjoy!
Looking for more on our trip to France? Check out our hotel here, our tour of the Louvre with Walks of France – here, some Post Cards from Paris- here and the beautiful Cathedral in Reims- here, some fine dining at Le Foch in Reims- here, a Visit to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe- here and a recap of Climbing the Towers of Notre Dame.