I was just getting caught up on my favorite part of the NY TIMES, Sunday Styles, and see that Bill Cunningham included a note in his “on The Street” section on the locks on the Pont des Arts. I, too, took photos of this amazingly romantic slice of Paris and want to share this with you.
The Pont des Arts is a footbridge that spans the Seine from the Institute de France on the left bank to the east back-end of the Louvre on the right bank. When I first walked across this footbridge last September I was utterly charmed by all the people who were sitting on blankets playing guitars, sharing a glass of wine, taking in the spectacular twilight view up and down the Seine. You wanted to linger, take it all in, and stay there forever.
Then in February, I again walked on the bridge, but this time earlier in the day and with the colder weather, there were few people and I saw the locks…….thousands of them on each side of the bridge! What were these and what did this mean?? Well, asking a cab driver later, we learned that couples bring their locks , declare their true love, and throw the key over the fence into the river, their intentions forever locked on that bridge…….wow, I’m not much of a romantic, but that took my breath away…….
As did the message on this particular lock….