Everyone knows Paris as ‘the romance capital’ and the ‘city for lovers’. Some years ago, a new fad started when love-struck sweethearts began locking padlocks onto the chain link fence of the Pont des Arts, which crosses from the left bank to the Louvre museum. The love padlocks, called cadenas d’amour, multiplied until there were thousands of love tokens on the bridge, each engraved with a message of love. After locking the love padlock onto the fence, lovers toss the keys into the Seine river – a sign of their eternal devotion.
Since the craze took off, new sites have popped up all over the world. Sweethearts in China favour Mount Huang, where it is customary to ‘”lock your soul” together and then throw the key over the cliff to the valleys below.
After walking up the Eiffel Tower, climbing to the top of Montmartre, shopping on the Champs Elysées, and enjoying the life of luxury nobles at Chateau de Versailles, doesn’t a walk along the Seine with your dearest lover seem like a Paris holiday necessity?
While you are feeling the French elegance on both sides of the Seine River, do not forget to discover the lover’s bridge!
They say that on this bridge, if the lovers kiss each other, they’ll be happy together forever. Many artists, travellers, students and dreamers will often visit and sit on the bridge – maybe they’re looking for love too? So even if Parisians will never call the Pont des Arts the ‘lover’s bridge’, with the romantic Ile de la Cité in the background, the twinkling lights from the faraway Eiffel Tower, and a scenic view which hasn’t changed for over 200 years, there is no place better for romance.
Once you get a chance to experience this French romance in Paris, do NOT let it go! Sitting in a small café and drinking lattés with the one you love makes every single day like Valentine’s Day!
Paris Chérie says:
Find the Pont des Arts south of the Louvre Museum along Quai François Mitterrand between Pont du Carrousel and Pont Neuf.