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Getting our ducks in a row!
We have our two padlocks that have been properly labeled for our visits to the Ponts des Arts and the “Lovelock Bridge”, Pont de l’Archevêché. Back in the olden days, pre 2004, the idea of going to one of these two bridges with your lover and placing a padlock on the bridge’s wire railing and then throwing the key into the Seine River was unheard of; now it is almost impossible to find a bare wire to put your padlock on, we are hopeful!
Per Wikipedia, if you can actually believe anything posted there, the Lovelock Bridge reads as follows:
A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolise unbreakable love. Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide. In Paris Town Hall in May 2010 expressed concern over the growing number of love-locks on the Pont des Arts, Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor and the Pont de l’Archevêché bridges, stating: “they raise problems for the preservation of our architectural heritage”. The lovelocks of the Pont des Arts mysteriously disappeared during the night of 11 May 2010, but the Administration denied responsibility, until it was discovered that they had been removed by a student of the nearby École des Beaux-Arts to make a sculpture. Love locks immediately began appearing on the Pont de l’Archevêché.
Can’t wait to get there and add our padlocks.