We left a little piece of our love in Paris, in the form of a padlock that we attached to railing on the Pont des Arts. But will it be there – next time – we have to go back and see.
For years the newspapers report that ‘love-struck couples’ have been fastening padlocks to the railings of the Pont des Arts, engraving them with their initials, adding a few sentimental words and then tossing the keys into the Seine river below to symbolize their eternal love.
Earlier this year many vanished overnight. The municipal authorities said romance had to be dispensed with and removed the locks. Newspapers have reported that most people have said that since Paris is a haven for lovers, why would the authorities want to ruin the reputation.
Some locks have survived the recent cull but ours probably won’t, I understand some of the more interesting locks were not removed but as ours is so plain, it will probably disappear. We just found an unused lock in our drawers at home and John went to some trouble to have it engraved in Berlin. We kept it simple just our first initials and the date. We should search for a more distinctive one for next time.
I told John it is tradition to throw the lock in the Seine, he was not so keen, but was he going to revisit to remove it, I don’t think so. Before he could object any further I threw it in.