Everyone knows Paris as ‘the romance capital’ and the ‘city for lovers’. Some years ago, a new fad started when love-struck sweethearts began locking padlocks onto the chain link fence of the Pont des Arts, which crosses from the left bank to the Louvre museum.
They say that on this bridge, if the lovers kiss each other, they’ll be happy together forever. Many artists, travellers, students and dreamers will often visit and sit on the bridge – maybe they’re looking for love too? So even if Parisians will never call the Pont des Arts the ‘lover’s bridge’, with the romantic Ile de la Cité in the background, the twinkling lights from the faraway Eiffel Tower, and a scenic view which hasn’t changed for over 200 years, there is no place better for romance.
Close to one million locks weighing 45 tonnes are due to be cut off to avoid bridge collapsed under the weight last year.
Management is trying to discourage couples from attaching padlocks to the city’s bridges as a symbol of love, claiming the old structures are too fragile to cope with the weight.