We left our lock in Paris

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.

The locks glisten in the sunshine and enhance the very ordinary metal mesh, and look they are doing no harm so lets hope the authorities leave them alone this time.I do like this big fat Buddha lock.

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.

We saw another couple with their lock but they took for ever to make up their minds where to put it. I did not have the heart to tell them it may not be on the fence for their next visit.

The gold heart should survive the next cull.

The locks are sometimes dressed with a ribbon so they can be recognised easily again. We added a yellow ribbon for remembrance to ours.

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.


  1. #1 by Celia on June 21, 2011 - 8:26 am

    That’s so romantic, Roz! Good on you for taking a photo, or you’d never find it again in amongst all of those! 🙂

    • #2 by tastetravel on June 21, 2011 - 8:28 am

      Gosh that was a quick response, you are on line obviously – yes our attempts at posterity may be foiled.

  2. #3 by malcolmenright on June 21, 2011 - 8:36 am

    lovely locket . . . great to see John locked it in !

  3. #4 by Kenny on June 21, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    Well…..and that ends a perfect trip overseas for you two lovers! Now you have Sheila and I wanting to do the same!
    Thanks for the weekly memories, Roz!

    • #5 by tastetravel on June 21, 2011 - 10:11 pm

      Just take a lock and leave it somewhere else you love and want to return to on your next trip.

  4. #6 by Mrs Bok on June 22, 2011 - 6:11 am

    Hallo! We left a lock on the pont on Saturday, hope it stays just a little while. Your travels sound wonderful.

    • #7 by tastetravel on June 22, 2011 - 6:29 am

      Glad to hear you locked one there also, did you take a photo?

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