Le Pont des Arts

June 28, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Le Pont des Arts is a wooden foot bridge crossing La Seine near The Louvre, and in the last few years a tradition has developed to go there with a lover, put a cadenas d'amour, or in English "padlock of love" (though everything sounds better in French), on the bridge railing, write your initials on the cadenas d'amour, and then throw the key into la Seine, signifying that as long as that lock stays firm, so shall your love, or so the story goes.

I find the locks on this bridge one of the most beautiful things in Paris, not only the physical form, but more the idea they represent; their symbolism is beautiful. Like love, the locks are strong, they are designed to protect and to always hold onto what they have found with all that they have, and if what they hold onto is removed from them against their will, they are considered broken, like the heart. 

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
 

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