Paris – Pont des Arts

The Pont des Arts. Weighed down by the burden of undying love.

Until next time…happy travels, no matter where life takes you.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

96 thoughts on “Paris – Pont des Arts

    1. Yes! And it gets very festive at night with impromptu concerts and dancing! Appreciate your visit and comment Frances.

  1. Madhu, I absolutely love your Locks of Love – stunning! I’ve been photographing them around the world too – two of my faves are in Riga and Helsinki! Hope you have a great weekend! All the best, Terri

        1. You are welcome. I had heard of Chinese origins prior to Riga. But Popof in his comment below says it was inspired by a novel by an Italian named Maccio! news to me too!

    1. Thanks Lisa.
      Haven’t had time to check on what you have been up to. Shall hop right over and remedy that πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Jo. You are right, this is the only one I link to on a regular basis. I only take part in the other challenges if I have a post that is suitable πŸ™‚

  2. Those locks cost councils a fortune to remove. They are destroying property wherever they are. They are now banned on the Ponte Vecchio with fines being handed out to anyone caught putting them there.

    1. I heard the Paris Mairie removes them periodically too Debra, for fear of the weight of the locks damaging the bridge. And thieves apparently complete the job and sell it back to the lovers! So not so everlasting after all πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Suzanne. I went back one evening but messed up most of those night shots. Wish I had carried a tripod.

      1. I haven’t even thought about how to approach this one this week. I may have to let it slide until I return from my travels. I do really enjoy the challenge of finding a photo/s for the weekly photo challenge, and I look forward to having the time to do it proper justice πŸ™‚

    1. That gap in a wall of locks seemed interesting Angeline. And witnessing that couple sealing their undying commitment of course πŸ™‚

  3. Beautiful captures, Madhu! Being the archetypal city of love, I’m not surprised Paris has at least one of these sites – there must be more of them scattered around the centre.

    1. Thank you James. You are right, there are two other bridges also encrusted with these locks, the Pont de l’ArchevΓͺchΓ© and another that I don’t recall the name of. Surprisingly the tradition is supposed to have started as recently as 2008!

    1. Borrowed by Latvia and Finland from China and other Eastern countries apparently! Paris is supposed to be a recent phenomenon inspired by the above πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful shots, Madhu. Love the filigree first one as well as the perspective revealed in the 2nd. And makes me think of home where we have a place just like this back in Riga. πŸ™‚

    1. Hard to believe Keira, with your collection of gorgeous English landscapes and Australian sunsets and trees!

  5. Ciao Madhu :),
    dai vari commenti letti a questo post vedo che ci si chiede da dove derivi questa moda. Pare sia un’invenzione italiana, tutto cominciΓ² con un romanziere e un romanzo che ben leggendo tra le trame sentimentali giovanili riscuote grande successo. Il narratore si chiama Federico Moccia, ho trovato un suo sito in cui tra l’altro si parla di lucchetti, questo: credo prorpio che i fabbricanti di lucchetti siano grati allo scrittore per l’idea πŸ˜‰

    1. Had no idea Popof!! Thank you for the information. Read somewhere that locks and keys have symbolised eternal love in China since centuries. Perhaps Moccia was inspired by those legends?

      1. PuΓ² anche darsi. Lui non ne ha rivendicato la paternitΓ  gli Γ¨ stata attribuita dopo la comparsa dei lucchetti a Ponte Miglio a Roma a seguito di un suo libro circa 15 anni fa (tieni conto che Γ¨ molto popolare tra gli adolescenti e che io non ho mai letto un suo libro ;))

  6. Excellent captured idea – always wonder – what stories are hidden behind all these locks – each lock its own history… πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

    1. Fascinating isn’t it? The authorities don’t seem to agree apparently πŸ™‚ Thanks Ledrake πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Paula. I remembered your lovely post about your romantic evening on Pont de l’ArchevΓͺchΓ© πŸ™‚

    1. It is Colline. Especially at night, with the Louvre framed at one end and the institute de France at the other!

    1. Thank you. I was fortunate to have been able to capture those two without too many people obstructing the shot. And there were a lot of people Juliann πŸ™‚

  7. wow! If I am to choose between the two shots, I’ll go for the first one as I think it has a little more impact. But having said that, both shots are beautiful and have totally different subjects so it’s kind of hard to compare:)

  8. Lovely Interpretation of theme, Madhu. have you been to Cologne? The Hohenzollernbridge is rapidly becoming the bridge with the most padlocks in the whole world, it might the number one already. ( I have a post “Forever β™₯ love”)
    In Cologne the authorities provides protection for the padlocks, they are a tourist attraction, most welcome! πŸ™‚ No fines like in Venice…

    Greetings from The Rhine Valley

  9. As I was viewing another’s post on this challenge, I found my mind wandering to what you might have chosen for this subject…perfect! πŸ™‚

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