I’ve been thinking about Paris this week.
Before Michael and I visited in the Fall of 2012, I did extensive research on the City of Light. I studied and planned and charted like I was preparing to defend a thesis. At one point I read about ‘love locks’ that visitors from all around the world would affix to bridges throughout the city. I loved the idea and ordered a special lock for us to bring to Paris. I still remember the morning we hung our lock on the Pont de l’Archeveche, near Notre Dame. We chose the perfect spot and snapped on the padlock. As Michael through the keys in the river I had butterflies in my stomach. It was just so amazing to be in Paris and experience something so romantic and seemingly eternal.
Turns out Parisians are not love lock enthusiasts. The combined weight of the locks has risked infrastructural damage to their storied bridges. Some citizens even feel the locks are a form of vandalism. We never intended to tarnish any part of the city, moreover we thought the locks were beautiful. Je suis désolé!
Earlier this week Paris began removing approximately 700,000 locks from the most popular ‘love bridge’, the Pont des Arts and other bridges will soon follow. It’s a bit sad for us, but we loved our lock so much that I ordered a replica which we have as a keepsake and to be honest, I like knowing the keys will still remain at the bottom of the Seine.
C’est la vie!