Tuesday, August 23, 2011

À la vie,l'amour et de vin rouge


For my friend Allan, who will be doing this in a few short weeks. Le sigh........

Another one of the locks fastened to le Pont des Arts.  Lock it, throw the key in the Seine and you will return to Paris. I wish I'd known this sooner! Others say your love will never end. Either way, it's worth a try n'est-ce pas?   In 2010, the City of Paris,  heartlessly cut them all off.  If you've been to Paris recently, you can see how effective that was.  I think it is a charming way to show your love and doesn't seem to harm the property. Your thoughts?

18 comments:

Julie said...

I'm with the CdP. Cut 'em off. Cut 'em all orf!! The recovery of western economies will be locksmith led!

Suzi said...

As you know V I love this idea and I know I will be back in Paris! It's gorgeous. Apparently there was an out cry recently by the people of Paris when the Council tried to remove...it's an awesome tradition.
x

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I have enjoyed reading the messages on random locks, some of them quite expensive. Although there were locks which had been engraved, the impromptu feel of this message touches my heart.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

More and more beautiful every day dearest! Anita

Harriet said...

When I saw the bridge, I only noticed single locks. Love the way these two are intertwined.

Daryl said...

I think its a wonderful expressive way to show you love Paris ... maybe the city fathers would prefer graffiti?

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Tres, tres romantic Virginia, I say let them stay!

Starman said...

Individually, the locks may pose no threat, but collectively, the additional weight could be a problem.

Cheri said...

I love it!

Alexa said...

My sentiments exactly! And considering that Paris is supposed to be such a romantic place, I say let them be! (of course, Italy is pretty romantic too, and they cut all the locks off the Roman bridges and the Ponte Vecchio too. And more appear . . . love it—and your photo, ma chère!

M said...

Lock me up and throw away the key!!!! Taking one with me for the next visit :-)

Leif Hagen said...

I'll have to remember to bring along a padlock for our next voyage 'a Paris! Fun to catch up on your Paris blog after our family's 2,762 mile drive around the national parks here in za U, S of A!

Voyages et Abstraits said...

j'adore ce cliché!
bonne journée Virginia.

Mister Earl said...

I keep wondering if you saw any handcuffs on the bridge?

Lynn said...

I guess I'm the only one who hates the locks! I say take them all down and give us back the beautiful view that we once had from the Pont des Arts before those locks went up! If someone wants to return to Paris, throw a few coins in the Seine like they do in the Trevi Fountain in Rome! (Better yet, save your coins and buy a ticket to Paris!)

I have to admit your photo looks great, Virginia, but I have a few photos on my blog that shows what a mess those locks make and a photo of how beautiful the bridge looked before them!

Virginia said...

Lynn,
I know. I had second thoughts when I saw some of them. That said, I 'm a hopeless romatic. I can't help it.
V

Malyss said...

I saw the same thing in Roma, Italy, In Berlin and Koln , Germany, and in Barcelona, Spain. I don't know where the "tradition "comes from, but I find it lovely and romantic.
but I understand the city, maybe the weight of all cadenas was becoming danngerous for the fence..

Randy said...

What a wonderful find Virginia. I am slowly working my way through this blog and this photo really stood out. Bravo.