I had read about several Paris bridges that were filled with locks and had even considered buying an antique lock for us to attach to the fence ourselves this trip but alas, I did not. When we visited the bridges today I was not prepared for the charm of these funky locks enmasse.
It was interesting to read dates and initials written or engraved onto locks of all shapes and sizes. The sharp contrast between the beautiful historic surroundings of Notre Dame and the River Seine becomes quite obvious... and I admit that it is rather junky looking.
I will tell you the locals don't like this blight one-little-bit and have had the locks removed in the past, only to be harshly criticized as hundreds of locks reappear with in just weeks.
The tradition continues however, with lovers from around the globe adding their love locks to the bridge and throwing the key into the River Seine below to signify their never ending love. We witnessed several couples partaking in this lock tradition in an almost ceremonial manner... it made them very happy indeed.
Although we did not add a lock to the bridge we were caught up just a little in the moment and after taking a photo for a cute young couple, we asked for one in return... after all Paris is the city of love!
Back to French treasures tomorrow... wish me more happy hunting!!!