14 hours ago
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Here is something new. This 2 year old tradition on the Pont des Arts caught our eye. The French are so romantic!
As you walk across the bridge towards the Louvre, that connects the left bank to the right bank, there are thousands of padlocks attached to the railing.
Upon closer inspection, all of these padlocks had inscriptions, some written, some engraved with the couples' names, initials and dates!
The tradition is to lock it on the rail and throw the key into the Seine!
In love (or prison!) forever!
Of course the city is annoyed and is planning on removing the locks.
So much for the City of Love.
Another nice tradition around Paris is setting up a picnic anywhere.
A park, a curb, a bridge, you name it.
Bring your food & wine. No chair necessary. We saw these nice tourists having their evening snacks by the locks.