This post is part of the Paris in July blogging event. I’m delighted to be co-hosting this year! Please check out the blogs of Karen at “A Wondering Life” and Tamara at “Thyme for Tea,” creators of the event, for links to all participating posts.
For those of you who read my blog regularly, you will probably remember that I’ve written about this subject before. But after a recent walk over the Pont des Arts, one of the once beautiful bridges spanning the Seine, I realize that the issue is worth more than one simple post.
My gripe: The “love locks” that are unlovingly hurting our city’s bridges. Here’s a look at the Pont des Arts. I wonder if many people would see beauty in this? (The trash can almost looks better than the bridge.)
The “No Love Locks” organization/campaign has been fighting for a ban on the locks and even presented a plan of action to city hall recently. But so far, no dice.
I ask myself why city hall doesn’t crack down on the sellers of the padlocks. As you can see in the photo below, they stand right on the bridges selling locks to eager tourists. I can’t imagine tourists refusing to visit Paris if the city banned love locks.
When the trend started a few years ago, there were only a few locks on the bridges and it wasn’t unsightly – so I can understand how some people might have gotten caught up in the excitement. Today, I ask myself why tourists seem so thrilled about putting a lock on the bridge when they clearly see how grotesque it’s become.
I’ve signed the petition against this travesty that has harmed and disfigured our bridges and I know that many of you have as well. For those of you who would like to sign, please click here.
And for more information about the fight to ban love locks, visit the No Love Locks page.