Paris padlocks: ‘Lovelocks’ line some of the bridges

The Paris scene was perfectly predictable. French Baroque buildings lined the River Seine. Accordian music filled the air as we crossed one of the city’s many bridges. But there was something different about this one…The sides were covered with numerous padlocks. On closer inspection each of the locks had people’s names on them – some with the date of their trip.

Among the selection were lovers’ declarations for eachother. It reminded me of the graffiti you see on the back of bus seats, but this was really quirky.

Love padlocks can be found on the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, Pont des Arts and Pont de l’Archevêché bridges in Paris.

While the city’s tourists locked on to this, the Parisian authorities were not as laid back. In fact, the padlocks were removed last year for fear they ruined the look of the area.

Some regarded their presence as an eyesore, and accusations of vandalism even arose. However, the lovelocks quickly began reappearing along the bridges.