The New Look of Paris’ Famous Pont des Arts

Olivia Leaves | Love Locks Paris

Last year the city of Paris launched the #LoveWithoutLocks campaign, aiming to stop the famous tourist tradition of putting love locks on the city’s bridges, promoting the taking of selfies on them instead. This came a few months after part of the famous Pont des Arts collapsed under the weight of the locks attached to it.

I’ve visited Paris more times than I can remember, but I’ve never had the chance to attach a lock to the Pont des Arts. These locks, though, are one of my favourite modern-day sights in the City of Light.

That being said, I pulled up photos from a few visits, and completely see the problem! Below is me with a few locks in April 2012, and again just under two years later in the same spot!

Olivia Leaves | Love Locks Paris

On my visit last weekend I brought a friend to see the bridge, only to discover that all the locks were covered by graffitied wood panels. I hope that they can find a way to keep some of the locks on display, and still maintain the safety of the bridge, because sadly, the romance was gone and the view just wasn’t the same.

Olivia Leaves | Love Locks Paris

Olivia Leaves | Love Locks Paris

Olivia Leaves | Love Locks Paris

Olivia Leaves | Love Locks Paris

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