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Monday, August 4, 2014

31AT31 BONJOUR BLOG TOUR: LOVE ON LOCKDOWN AT THE PONT DES ARTS IN PARIS, FRANCE

L
ove. It's just so splendid. When you love yourself and then out of that self love you decide to love another...it's like magic. You get that feeling of unstoppable-ness. You just float around life on cotton candy flavored clouds. Weightless. Limitless. FREE. Wouldn't you agree?


Every year and probably every day, countless love struck couples come armed with their own decorated lock or purchase a lock from the street vendor conveniently set up right in the middle of the bridge, to add their lock of love on Paris' Pont des Arts. A bridge littered with what seemed like literally thousands of locks is a sight to behold.  
One locks their love up on a bridge and it is supposed to last forever.  I found the concept to be quite interesting. 


Pont des Arts Love Lock Bridge in Paris, France Overlooking the Seine River.


What are our actions telling us though?  Are we saying that love can be so elusive that we actually feel the need to lock it down, once found? Our language surely reflects this concept when relationship ultimatums are given or the question is asked, 


So when do you plan to lock things down?  

And isn't it interesting that it's not the presence of love that is heavy but rather our perceived absence of it?  If you've ever been heartbroken, you and your heavy heart know what I mean.  





One spot on the bridge became so burdened with this universal love that a whole panel of the bridge collapsed and was replaced by a wooden board.  The wooden board then became fair game for those seeking to tag their love a la graffiti style, only requiring a Sharpee.  A permanent etching of one's love.   

I suppose the old adage applies here.  When in Rome Paris do as the Romans Parisians do...only I am not so sure how many of those love locks belong to locals.  Based on how freely love seems to flow about in Paris, my guess is not that many.  There is probably no way to tell either.  In any case, I decided to participate in this love ritual of sorts but with the following understanding:


  • The lock I used was actually one that was purchased before a trip to Panama and carried a lot of great memories.  No need to spend an obscene amount of Euros on a dollar store lock.
  • It was a simple lock to reflect the simplicity and ease of the love I experience daily.
  • Adding the lock to the bridge was not about locking up love but rather anchoring it temporarily until such a time in the future when I could return to it and reflect on any changes like if my capacity to give and receive love increased any, since the last visit.  
With all of these understandings in place, I was ready to lock the lock on the bridge and throw away the key.


A closer view of the locks on Pont des Arts Love Lock Bridge in Paris, France.


I chose a spot on the Pont des Arts that had much more room for love.


Do any of these locks belong to you and your love???  Would you participate in this tradition on your next visit to Paris?  Share the love by sharing this post.


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