‘Lovelocks’ are basically padlocks that couples write something on (be it their names/initials, a meaningful message or the date they got together) and lock it onto the bridges called Pont des Arts or Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris. Which bridge you put your padlock on is important, because the Pont des Arts is for committed love and the Pont de l’Archevêché is for lovers. After securing the lock the couple will together throw the key into the river Seine as a symbol of their everlasting love for each other. Legend has it that the only way to ‘break the love’ once the padlock has been attached is to find the key and unlock the padlock. This however would prove to be a task near enough impossible! So people tend to opt for an easier option instead and try to cut off their padlocks!
The locks are in my opinion beautiful, they are a work of art adding colour and beauty to the bridges as the padlocks come in all different shapes, sizes and colours. This is definitely a unique landmark and is now a growing trend throughout Europe. Some people however disagree with my opinion (although I am a hopeless romantic!) and think that this is just graffiti and they need to be saving the environment, preserving the landmarks etc etc etc and while this is very true, this will not stop people from expressing their love for each other in the romantic capital of the world! In May 2010 the Paris city council complained that with the growing number of locks being attached the conservation of the bridge would be difficult. So one night many of the love locks disappeared. But people began to replace the locks in no time, so for those people against it, I think they should let others enjoy expressing their love in a different way as they are fighting a never ending battle!
What fascinates me most about the lovelocks is that each padlock has its own individual story behind it. Whether it is a married couple who have been together 50 years celebrating their commitment, excited newlyweds on their honeymoon or even best friends who wanted something fun and spontaneous to do whilst visiting the city of love.
Whilst some people think this is vandalism, I think putting lovelocks on the bridges is a great thing as it celebrating love. Surely we should promote love around the world instead of the hate, war and upset that we hear on the news day in and day out. This trend will continue to grow, people come from far away countries to ‘lock their love’ and in the future I shall be one of them!