To be totally honest, my recent trip to Europe and the United Kingdom was probably the most ill-planned of all my travels. I normally have every little detail mapped out: I’d have a plan of action for every minute I’m away and I would follow that schedule to a “T”. Yes, I’m strange like that – I really think I’d make a great contender in The Amazing Race – except that I’m diminutive and can’t carry a giant backpack the way those contestants do. BUT — I digress.
As I was saying … when I went away last May, I seriously didn’t have any plans whatsoever. All I knew was that I’ll be in these cities on these days – and even though I had “must see places” (for Paris these were the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower) – I kinda just went with the flow and let myself be surprised by what I would discover.
One of the locales that wasn’t on my “must see list” was the Pont Des Arts or the “love lock bridge”. I only knew about this bridge because of the film, Now You See Me, and even so, I wouldn’t know where to find it in Paris! But since my sister asked me to put a lock on the bridge for her and her husband, it became IMPERATIVE that I find this place.
Fortunately, the love-lock bridge is just across the road from the Louvre and I found this out by accident. I took a hop-on-hop-off bus tour and the route ran past the bridge. I was so excited when I saw it from my perch on the upper deck of the bus, I wanted to get off and just look at all the padlocks. I didn’t though. Like a dutiful tourist, I stayed on until the end of the tour. I did go back later in the day to complete my task and … of course, take pictures!
Here are some of the locks on the lovely bridge. It’s no wonder a section of the bridge fell off – all those padlocks would definitely put a lot of stress on the railings. (hover over each image to view the captions).
Yes, I managed to put a lock in for my sister and brother-in-law, and I even have the photos to prove it (private images though so I won’t share those here). I tried to find their lock when I came back on the 12th of June but I swear, I couldn’t locate it! I know I put their lock on the 5th lamppost on the left coming from The Louvre – but it was just nowhere to be seen! 😦
It really would have been nice if I could have placed a lock there for me and my significant other but it’s not meant to be just yet. Maybe when I return to Paris (or Cologne! Their iconic bridge also had lots of locks on it – will share photos of those in another blog post) I would be able to put a lock for me and Mr. Right. Who knows, right? 🙂