The Padlock on the Ponts des Arts and the Archbishopric
In recent years, a tradition that comes from Hungary or Cologne, lovers hang on these two bridges solemnly locks of shapes and colors, often engraved with their names and date. What pleases here is the idea of leaving a mark both of his visit to Paris and his love, the equivalent initials carved into the bark of our childhood.
However, force these poor bridges are somewhat disfigured and one wonders how many kilos of lead they will still be able to support … On the other hand, the lock has a small side “conviction” (especially one is supposed throw away the key) not very romantic at the bottom.
And if, instead of this rite, we inventions another? Why not, as on the beaches of Thailand, let fly paper lanterns containing a candle (or simply balloons)? Or, as in the Jewish cemetery in Prague, slide pieces of paper under stones? Or, as in Vietnam and Japan, to trees vows? It might help in what light would lose perhaps sustainability messages … And until one of these alternatives is validated by the City of Paris, you can always hide a small paper in a secret location (your first meeting), to have the pleasure to meet in a few months or years!