So this time around in Paris, I was set on a few things; I’d have a pastry every morning, I’d eat some cheese and I’d see Pont des Arts – the bridge with all the locks.
Last week while I was in Paris, I was very proud of myself for living up to my “to do” list. I ate pastries, some cheese and went to Pont des Arts. Sometime in the past few years, during the 2000s, people began adding locks to the bridge to show their eternal love.
So I go, add my lock, and walk around for a bit. The day was gorgeous and I was taking full advantage. There are musicians that sit and play, plus the bridge itself crosses the Seine River that runs through Paris. Not a bad spot to be!
If you find yourself in Paris without a lock, don’t fret! The walk along the river leading up to the bridge has tons of vendors selling locks. They range between 2-5€. That is, if the locks are still allowed on the bridge in the near future.
The day after (we’re talking within 24 hours) of me visiting Pont des Arts, a part of the bridge collapsed under the weight of the locks. In the days since, Paris has been warning of next steps to be taken since the locks are doing damage.
In addition, the keys which are habitually tossed into the river (my lock didn’t have keys) begin to rust and add to polluting the Seine.
So there you have it, the lock that may have broken the bridge’s back. I never realized these locks caused such problems. Hopefully there can be some middle ground found between Paris and it’s tourists to make this a bit of a safer practice in the future.
Pont des Arts is located off of Quail Toiletries, between the bridges Pont Neuf & Pont du Carrousel.