Locks of Love

A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide.

The locks first started appearing on bridges in Paris around 2008, shortly after young couples in Italy began attaching padlocks to the Ponte Milvio, a bridge over Rome’s Tiber River, apparently mimicking the protagonists of a popular 2006 Italian novel I Want You by Italian author Federico Moccia who made a film adaption in 2007. ~Wikipedia

2014Paris-1080154dmvMunicipal authorities see the locks as litter or vandalism and the weight of the locks are causing excessive stress on the bridges


According to Bonjour Paris, A French tour guide was overheard explaining the phenomenon to her enthralled group. “There are two bridges in Paris with the locks, you must be very careful which bridge you put your lock on because Pont des Arts is for your committed love, while Pont de l’Archevêché is for your lover.” This may explain why Pont de l’Archevêché is completely packed with locks, while Pont des Arts has plenty of room.  ~Bonjour Paris

2014Paris-1080164dmvI quickly photograph my new accordion friend sitting on the bridge and notice he seems quite sullen.  Time to inconspicuously dig into my anti-pickpocket bag under my shirt for some coins.  After coming up with enough coins equivalent to about an American dollar, I smile and drop the coins down into the brown case in front of  him.  The man then unleashes a long, irate, scolding French rant, making motions to look like he is throwing the money in the river, so I don’t think he is impressed with the tip. Not sure how he even knows the value of my coins from where he is seated. I don’t see anyone else show the love by giving him money after that and people strolling by are giving him plenty of space. You draw more flies with honey, dear!