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Beautiful bridges are easy to find in Paris. The city has 37 bridges that cross the Seine. Three of those are pedestrian only. Passarelle des Arts (or Pont des Arts) is a foot bridge connecting the Right and Left Banks near the Pont Neuf metro station.
Pont des Arts is home to many, many padlocks. Lovers place a lock on the bridge to symbolize their endless love and commitment. When I first learned about this tradition, I must admit I found it quite romantic. I assumed it was an age-old Parisian tradition. I looked forward to placing my own lock on the bridge one day.
On a Thanksgiving trip in 2012, my husband and I placed a lock on the bridge. I knew it was hokey, but I was happy to have part of me in Paris as I returned home to the States.
In January 2014, I read that two American women living in Paris had started a movement to have the locks removed and new locks banned. I was curious. Here's a link to their website No Love Locks
In June 2014, one of the parapets on the Pont des Arts collapsed from the weight of the locks.
Recently, the City Hall of Paris approved the installation of special glass panels to prevent people from attaching locks. The Paris Mayor's Office is asking couples to 'take a selfie instead'. The web site states: "Our bridges can no longer withstand your gestures of love. Set them free by declaring your love with #lovewithoutlocks."
I'm feeling a little guilty about my contribution to the problem. I certainly would never want to harm Paris in any way. I look forward to walking across the Pont des Arts and viewing the new glass panels next time I'm in Paris.
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