Apr 15, 2013

PARIS: Locking Our Love on the Ponts des Arts





In Paris, there stands a bridge. A bridge covered in padlocks of every size, shape, and color. But these locks aren't ordinary locks...locks that keep away trespassers or ones used for hiding things behind closed doors. These locks are locks of love. Locks that are symbolic of the commitment between two souls bound together by the ties of the heart, left on the Ponts des Arts bridge to show the world a love no one can break. Written on the faces of the locks are the names of those who've found their heart's desire. The keys to them lie below, floating along the current of the Seine River, never to be found again. 

D and I left a lock, our lock, on the Ponts des Arts bridge our last night in Paris; something we'd always dreamed of doing if we ever found ourselves in the city of love and lights. It was a special moment we shared with two dear friends of ours, who also left a lock on the bridge themselves. As we stood there, throwing our keys to the bottom of the Seine, memorializing the life we'd built together, passers by gave their congratulations. Some even clapped. It was impossible to wipe the smiles off our faces. It's amazing how something so silly as leaving a lock covered in Sharpie on a bridge can bring all the feelings of bliss from our wedding day back to my mind. The love, the commitment, the congratulations...all while standing on an old metal bridge in Paris. It's a moment I'll soon not forget. If you ever find yourself in love and in Paris, take your special someone on a romantic stroll to the Ponts des Arts and leave a lock of your own. I hope one day to return to see it still hanging there as a shining symbol of my unfailing love for D. 
The Eiffel Tower may have all the glitz and glamor, but it's got nothing on the sacred beauty of this bridge. 

23 comments:

  1. My friends just did their locks recently too! It's definitely on my to do list if we ever get to Paris.

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  2. Awww HOW sweet!!! So neat! I have never heard of this! Makes me want to go to Paris eeeevvveeenn more!

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  3. I was single during all my years abroad--I didn't meet Beau til I moved back to the States. This is something I'm dying to do when I take him to Paris for the first time! (Which won't be for awhile, alas).

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  4. y'all are so cute!! i love the lock bridge!!

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  5. Love that! You and your husband seem like such a loving couple - I can see why it'd be easy to bring back memories of love and joy from your wedding day :)

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  6. Love the lock bridge. It's on my buckets list to go and do that!

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  7. that is fabulous! I have been wanting to do this forever. Matt and I have both been to Paris but never together. Hoping that we get there together soon!

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  8. awwww. that brought tears to my eyes :)

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  9. I definitely want to do this when I return. I wish I would have know the first time around. Sooo romantic. :)

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  10. I love it! I have wanted so badly to do this; the only time I was in Paris, my love was not there. This definitely needs to happen! Thanks for sharing!
    XO, Rachel
    <a href= "http://withlove-rachel.com> With Love, Rachel </a>

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  11. Oh gosh, I started to tear up. Adding this to my bucket list now.

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  12. That's awesome. I would love to do that someday!!

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  13. So romantic! I want to do this one day.

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  14. Love these pics!!! The kiss shot needs to be framed!

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  15. i love this! we have a similar place in seoul overlooking the city were you can put a lock and it's still one of my favorite memories! how sweet!

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  16. I love this. So sweet. It's nice that you had friends to help take pictures as well.

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  17. Very cool! I hope to someday do this one day too!

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  18. Sooo cute!! Absolutely am dying to go to Paris, among many other places in Europe!! Where in the South are you from (read your into on the side), I live in Louisiana. Now following via GFC!
    Adrienne
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  19. I absolutely love this idea of locks on a bridge symbolizing your love. I've seen this done a few times now, and I have added to my bucket list. What a fun memory for you guys to have :-)

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  20. Isn't Europe romantic? You can find the same lock bridge in Rome and it's a pure pleasure to see all super-cute & love-struck couples. Don't forget to plan a visit to beautiful Scandinavia as well ().. summers on the west coast in Sweden is unbeatable!

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  21. This is an amazing post for car lovers.

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