A New Love Tradition in the City of Romance

A Romantic Tradition in Paris

“We’ll always have Paris,” as the immortal line goes. Now, it seems, Paris will always have something to remember as well.

A short while I ago, I blogged about a romantic tradition in Seville. Lovers fix padlocks to the side of the Puente Isabel II, write their names on the metal and cast the keys into the flowing Guadalquivir below.

As I paced across the Pont Des Arts this week, a telltale golden spark caught my eye.

Here, over the water of the Seine and under the watchful eye of Notre Dame, true love clings on.

According to the dates on the locks, the authorities are more forgiving here. Perhaps the legend extends beyond the tourist office blurb after all and Paris really is the city of romance.

Padlocks on the Pont des Arts, Paris

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42 Responses to A New Love Tradition in the City of Romance

  1. alan June 17, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    oh…loves make us blind

  2. Mike June 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    For me love is about freedom and trust – the purpose of a padlock is to stop something being stolen.

  3. GOD July 13, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    I need to visit all these places with a bolt cutter. Check mate.

  4. web daddy July 14, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Really Beautiful.. I’ll say it’s a memorabilia for the future and love that will always shine

  5. Abi August 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    Both Mike and God make good points…
    Web Daddy is the last standing romantic…

  6. Nellie November 15, 2010 at 5:31 am #

    hey recently I saw thick love lock tradition in Seoul as well. The fences surrounding N Seoul Tower were just cluttered with locks. On the locks were love declarations in Korean. Such an impossibly romantic ritual!

  7. Abi December 22, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Nellie – we need a photo ;)

  8. Regine Pizzino December 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    I like this ~thanks for sharing

  9. E-Europe January 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Yes, it’s Russian tradition.

  10. Abi January 19, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Russia too? Wow.

  11. Brady Stump April 16, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    Enjoyed the read.

  12. Sabrina July 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    So cute, right? I saw similar padlocks in Florence and found out that it actually all started in Rome when they filmed a movie (based on the novel “Ho Voglia Di Te”) there showing two teenagers leaving a padlock on a bridge. I so wanna leave my own padlock there :)

  13. Yvonne July 16, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    ha, we also do have this tradition in Berlin! here it’s at the Oberbaumbrücke between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. :)

  14. Abi July 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Cool! Send through some pics!

  15. Jason July 19, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Thers is also one in Firenze near the Vecchio Ponte (old Bridge) it is so full of pad locks that the chain will soon snap. I agree it becomes an eye sore

  16. Henry Williams October 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    thats a great idea i wonder who camp up wit that

    • Abi March 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      An Italian director, apparently, when looking for a convenient plot point in a film…

  17. Janice August 2, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    Paris is such a romantic city. I was there last year with my husband and we stayed in a serviced apartment, Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées (good for short term housing and long term stay!). I remember the aparthotel was quite near the Pont des Arts. We went there and fixed a love padlock with our names on the bridge too. That was one of my most memorable moment in Paris.

    • Abi October 13, 2012 at 11:22 am #


  18. Oakey February 25, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    This has been going on in Verona Italy for decades. Glad to see France has finally caught up.

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