Pont Des Arts, The Love Locks of Paris
This photo is about romance. It’s about being together with someone you love in Paris. This will take a little planning. You are going to a bridge on the Seine near the Musee D’Orsay known as the Pont Des Arts. It is a stylish pedestrian only bridge between the Quai de Conti (left bank) and the Quai Des Tulieries (right) with a killer view.
You will need a padlock and the key.
Plan the day so you arrive in the late afternoon as we did with the sun setting on a later winter day. Make sure that your route has you walking along the Seine heading towards the Pont Des Arts as the day winds down.
When you get there suggest that you cross the bridge to look at the view. She will eventually notice something unusual about this bridge. The bridge is covered with locks. attached to the bridge. They are called love locks.
I am not sure where this tradition started but it has become a world-wide phenomena. The city of Paris cut them off in 2010 but you can’t stop love, lovers and locks.
Wait until it is your moment. Pull the lock out of your pocket. Put the lock in her hand, give her the key and let her lock a piece of you both onto that bridge. Now here is the extra fun part. Seal the deal and throw the key into the Seine together.
Is she crying yet? My wife sure was. Let the seconds wash over you and sink in. Take your time. You are together on a beautiful bridge overlooking one of the prettiest most romantic scenes in the world. Drink it in.
By Jules Kragen
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