Paris’ Love Locks on the Pont des Arts

Anyone who has passed across this pedestrian foot bridge will surely have taken notice of the hundreds of locks affixed to the bridge’s fence on either side. The hanging of love locks, or les cadenas d’amour, in French, has been an ongoing tradition carried out by love-struck couples from around the world. The locks come in all shapes and sizes, with initials, names, or messages engraved or written on them before they are attached to the bridge. Then the key to the lock is thrown into the Seine, as a testament to the everlasting love the lock is meant to symbolize. The city inexplicably tried to wipe out the practice in 2010 by cutting down almost all of the locks, but the romantic lure of the tradition survived with the hanging of hundreds of new locks on the bridge.