Paris is famous for the “lock bridges” where you write the initials of you and your significant other on a lock and put it on the bridge to signify your lasting love.
However, when we were exploring the city the first week, I realized that there is more than one lock bridge–there is a small one to the east of Notre Dame and another further west, by the Louvre. The one by the Louvre is called Pont des Arts and is a footbridge and the “original” lock bridge.
I have tried looking up legends about what the Paris lock bridge started by it seems to be a trend started either in Italy or Serbia and then it spread to other European cities. This article describes how a young Serbian couple pledged their love on a bridge (in Serbia, not Paris) before WWI but then he married someone else when he was off fighting. This legend is sad and unfortunate so I hope I can find a more optimistic Parisian legend tied to Pont des Arts.
I knew about the bridge before leaving so I planned ahead and bought a lock that I planned to write my boyfriend, Marty’s, and my initials on. I didn’t get the throw-the-key-in-the-Seine memo, but figured a combination lock still serves the purpose.
While the French police are said to cut down locks every so often, there was not a lot of places to put it directly on the bridge, rather than attach it to another lock already on the bridge. I found a little spot on the east side facing Notre Dame–you can’t see our initials from the angle, but I liked the spot a lot.