Pont des Arts: There are 37 bridges across the Seine, with just 3 for pedestrian use only. My favourite is the Pont des Arts. This footbridge connects the French Institute and the Musee de Louvre, offering one of the most romantic views of Paris. It is from here that you can see the Notre Dame in the distance and Pont-Neuf bridge, which connects the Right and Left banks.

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Pont des Arts

Pont des Arts is also popular for another reason. It was here, since late 2008, couples took to attaching padlocks to the railings of the bridge. They either wrote or engraved their names/initials on the ‘love locks’, attach them to the railings and toss away the key into the Seine River as a romantic gesture, sealing their love forever. This is not a French tradition, but it is believed that ‘love locks’ originated in Asia over 100 years ago. For a while, attaching love locks to Pont des Arts, and locks on locks became a new iconic image of Paris, the City of Romance. The dramatic increase of love-locks on this bridge made space scarce and couples started attaching love-locks on other bridges around Paris. [photo]. The increasing weight of the padlocks triggered a major safety issue, fearing the weight would damage the structure of Pont des Arts. These locks were removed in 2015 by the City of Paris. The footbridge now serves as a temporary place for art exhibitions.

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Love-locks…locks on locks


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