The Love Lock Bridge – Paris, France

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One of the ‘must see’ places on our trip to Paris, France for our anniverasry was the Love Lock Bridge.  I had only heard about this in recent times and had since been wanting to see it in person. In fact there is not just this one love lock bridge in Paris, but many all over the world.  They love lock bridges started popping up in the 2000s and lovers worldwide come to leave a token.  Basically you come and leave a padlock locked onto the bridge, gate, or fence and throw away the key into the water below.  Many of hte locks are engraved or inscribed with intials and hearts.

With poor planning and the fact that Paris ended up being the last leg of our travels, my husband and I had not a lock with us, nor the extra money to buy one in France.  I really enjoyed getting to photograph all the love locks none the less.  It just means that my husband and I must return soon and bring our love lock with us this time.  I have been reading up on taking the coach from London to Paris from Amanda‘s blog.  Has anyone done this before?

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Q: Have you been to any of the lock bridges around the world?

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  • Phoebe Thomas

    I think your photos of the love locks are prettier than the real things. I’ve seen the Paris bridges and another in Ventimiglia in Italy but I know there are heaps more around the world.

  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

    I love when people have personalized their locks with a special drawing or script.

  • http://guntersabroad.blogspot.com/ Jamie @ Gunters Abroad

    I have to visit one of these love lock bridges one day!! Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda

    It’s not a restful or comfortable way to travel to France but it is cheap! For various reasons, passport control/security was easier leaving England to go to France than coming back in. (We never got off the coach on the way out, we had to get off twice for security coming back in to england etc). If I could afford Eurostar prices at the drop of a hat I would do that, but I’d definitely take the coach again as it’s the most economical!

    And I don’t know if you’ve heard or if you and Ryan take the train a lot- but you can now sign up for a couples railcard that gets you 1/3 off national rail ticket prices if you’re traveling together. (Essentially equivalent to having the Young Person’s Railcard! x

  • http://www.thewanderblogger.com/ Sarah Shumate

    I like that shot of you crouched down taking pictures! :o) Cute!

    I noticed in your address section you mentioned Pont de l’Archevêché. I think you’re actually at the Pont des Arts bridge, not Pont de l’Archevêché. The Pont de l’Archevêché bridge is the one right next to Notre-Dame Cathedral. Both are love lock bridges, but with completely different connotations! Pont de l’Archevêché = for lovers, Pont des Arts = committed relationships. :o)

    • http://www.bonnieroseblog.co.uk/ Bonnie Rose

      Oh thank you Sarah, I did not realise that. Thank your for updating me on the two different bridges in Paris. :)

      • http://www.thewanderblogger.com/ Sarah Shumate

        At least you guys were on the right one! ;o) Cory and I considered putting a lock on one and we were at the bridge meant for lovers, not the one for committed couples. Ooops. :o)

  • http://www.thebartlettsabroad.blogspot.com/ Erica @ thebartlettsabroad

    I love the love-lock bridges! We left a lock on the bridge when we left Cologne, but it took us 4 months to get around to doing it – one never seems to have a padlock when it’s needed ;)

  • http://lulug1975.blogspot.co.uk/ Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    I love these bridges across Europe. The pedestrian bridge in Pescara would be in this category if the town hall didn’t keep cutting the locks off!!! Lovely photos. x

  • http://www.quaintrelleblog.com/ Setarra

    I totally want to do this when I visit Paris this summer! Now all I have to do is remember to get a love lock beforehand. Just another item to add to my travel to-do list :)

  • http://stylishimoto.blogspot.jp/ Anna

    This looks so lovely! Such a shame that you didn’t have a lock with you but at least it is an excuse to visit again!

  • http://www.chicadeedee.com/ Dannielle @ Chic-a-DeeDee

    We went to the bridge too! Also, didn’t have a lock. Maybe next time? I feel like every city has some sort of love lock bridge now!

  • Food Booze & Baggage

    I decided to link today, the post from our Paris trip since you featured the lock bridge :) It was so cool…we also did not have a lock either :( We were told people would be out selling locks, but I think we were there too early or maybe it was an off day. I really wished we had took advantage of buying a lock earlier, as we stayed very near there. Great pictures!

  • http://letuswanderlust.blogspot.com/ Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust

    I really hope to see the love lock bridge in Paris one day! We actually found one in Ottawa, Canada during our travels. We didn’t have a lock to add either unfortunately but I loved taking photos of them all the same!

  • http://www.wanderlyn.com/ Eternally WanderLyn

    Your photos are amazing! I hope to see the love lock bridge soon. :D

  • Andrea

    I have always wanted to put a lock on one of the bridges in Paris. I love checking them out when I have visited the city.

    Andrea

  • http://www.erikafromamerica.com/ Erika

    I love these photos, Bonnie Rose! And also, I’ve never been to this… I heard about it after I left Europe… not sure it was as big of a trend but now it seems like a huge thing! What a place of such positive energy — love it!

  • http://Girl-Meets-Globe.com/ Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe

    I have yet to see a lock bridge. It sure is a growing trend.

  • http://www.amyandthegreatworld.com/ AmyMacWorld

    Adding a lock to this bridge in Paris is on my must-do list! I’ve also seen a bridge like this in Iceland…I’ll have to look up where other ones are located! It’s such a lovely and sentimental idea :)

  • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

    I’ve seen both love lock bridges in Paris, and I absolutely love your pictures! I’ve also seen a love lock in Berlin, and (oddly enough) Riga, Latvia. It really is a sweet idea, and reading the locks with messages on them is fascinating!

  • http://luyoutravel.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Georgian

    There is a love lock bridge right down the street from my apartment in Vilnius, LT. My husband and I keep wanting to add our lock but we haven’t been able to find a lock in stores. We will have to keep looking!

  • Lauren

    The love bridge is so cute- I want to go there one day!

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

  • Kelly Rodriguez

    We have a lock on that bridge. We put it on two years ago. Thanks for bringing back such a wonderful memory.

    Kelly
    http://www.alovelylifeindeed.com

  • Christine Wright

    Beautiful photos! I have been there and the ones in Prague too….Christine

  • http://pondertheirrelevant.com/ Meredith

    I too have only just recently started hearing about these – I can’t wait to check one out! Beautiful photos – I love the his and hers faces :)

  • http://kcsaling.com/ KC Saling

    We left our lock on the lock bridge in Paris this past June. We had heard about them, but hadn’t really planned for it – but for whatever reason, in the midst of moving or whatever, I had an extra lock with me, and we had the keys for it! Of course it had to go on the bridge!

  • http://www.hockeywifehockeylife.com/ Samantha Angell

    Thank you for sharing this! My husband and I were just there in December for Christmas. Like you, we didn’t leave a lock- but it just means we have all that much more reason to visit again!

  • http://independenttravelcats.com/ Jessica – Independent Travel C

    Ethan & I have been to several lock bridges, including the ones in Paris, and have never left a lock. Not sure what that means;)

  • http://montgomeryfest.com/ Annie Montgomery

    the locks are such a sweet sentiment. we’ve also seen them in cologne, a few in florence, and put our own up in juliet’s corner in verona.

  • Laura Rocksteady

    I have been to Paris a few times but have also only heard of this recently when my friends from South Africa came and placed a lock and threw the keys in – looks like a lovely thing to do and hopefully when we visit this year will have a chance to do it too – great travel post :)

    Laura x

  • http://palachinkablog.com/ Marija Petrović

    I missed this bridge when I was in Paris. Actually didn’t know about it until I read about it here. Next time :)

  • louloufrance

    The bridges of Paris are being loved to death. And the Seine isn’t faring too well either…the river has become the dumping ground for all of those little padlock keys that people carelessly, thoughtlessly toss into the water after “locking” their love. Can you imagine if someone visited your hometown and started throwing bits of metal into the river?

    Paris is a romantic, beautiful city. The act of polluting its monuments and its river isn’t loving, original or kind. This kind of love hurts.

    There is a petition to stop this vandalism: https://www.change.org/petitions/au-maire-de-paris-et-au-conseil-de-paris-interdisons-maintenant-les-cadenas-d-amour-%C3%A0-paris-sauvons-nos-sites-historiques