The City of Love and their Padlock Bridges

Paris the city of love……. why is it the city of love?  What makes this city more romantic than any other?  I do not have the answer but we have seen one of the ways that Parisian’s express their love.

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It starts with the Pont des Arts.

Magpie and I decide to go for a walk along the Seine.  It is still mid summer and the weather is nice.  It is neither very hot or windy or rainy.  We are enjoying all the flowers hanging from window boxes and planted along the streets.  It is incredibly pretty.  We also notice how multi cultural it has become.  Obviously Magpie does not know the difference but I see it.paris.tetherball

I had been told that in the summer the city of Paris creates beaches along the Seine so I was hoping to find some.  I was surprised when we came to a games area that was for free.  There were tables set up for chess, checkers and other board games.  There was a  large maze painted on the pavement along with a large game mat.  The area we liked the best had tether ball.  There was also an area with black and white photos of different actors from movies – mostly love stories or the romantic scenes.

After our stop for tether ball we headed up to the street and found ourselves at Pont des Arts.  It is totally covered in locks of all shapes, sizes and styles.  Most are engraved and it is amazing to see.  Around the entrances to the bridges are people selling locks for you to put on the bridge.

padlocks attached to the Pont des Arts

padlocks attached to the Pont des Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We carried on walking and found the other bridges going down to Notre Dame from Pont des Arts having the locks on them too.

Unfortunately, it seems the locks on the bridges are causing a conundrum with the city now.  According to this article from the New York Times  – Paris is Falling Out of Love with the Padlocks on its Bridges …. that would be a shame.paris.locks.wh.heart

As much as I do not know why it is called the City of Love, I do know that the padlock bridges add an air of mystery to the city and is a symbol for them.  The architecture, history, the people all add to this unique city and I was also told not to judge the rest of France by Paris. I would never do this as it would be doing France a great disservice.

Paris is a fun city, even without partaking in the nightlife, though a walk at nice is just as breathtaking as during the day.  It is also a city that you can come back to over and over.  One to see in all the seasons.  I look forward to seeing Paris in the other seasons, especially in spring.  Au revoir mes amis.

Art along the banks of the Seine

Art along the banks of the Seine

A beach along the Seine

A beach along the Seine

The actual bridge Pont des Arts

The actual bridge Pont des Arts

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