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Love Lock Bridge, Paris...

 Pic by Pixabay

Pic by Pixabay

In July last year Hoff whisked me off to Paris for a long weekend without the kids. It was a complete surprise. He just said 'pack a bag' and 'where's you passport?'. This isn't helpful for a girl who likes to know what's going on and what weather she's packing for. We don't often get away without the kids and so this was a huge deal for us and what a perfect place to go.

 Paris Bridge Locks

Whilst in Paris we found what was left of the original Love Lock Bridge. They've moved all the locks to the sides of the bridge due to the weight and strain that it was having on the historical structure. It was still such a beautiful sight to see, wherever you looked there were couples sealing in their love on this romantic site. 

We don't usually do romance even at the altar we did a fist pump but it just seemed like the right thing to do, like it was meant to be. So we joined the millions of other couples throughout the decades and added our love to the history of Paris... then we got pissed. Standard. 

 Our Lock at Love Lock Bridge 

Why Love Lock Bridge has been removed...

In May 2010 the city of Paris expressed concern over the growing number of love-locks on the Pont des ArtsPasserelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor and the Pont de l'Archevêché bridges, stating: "they raise problems for the preservation of our architectural heritage". The lovelocks of the Pont des Arts disappeared during the night of 11 May 2010; they had been removed by a student of the nearby École des Beaux-Arts to make a sculpture. Love locks immediately began appearing on the Pont de l'Archevêché and have since spread to at least 11 Seine bridges, the Canal Saint Martin footbridges, and to parks and monuments all over the city. Many tourists mistakenly believe this is a longstanding Parisian tradition, not realizing the practice only migrated into Paris in late 2008 after affecting cities in Italy and Asia. In January 2014, a campaign and petition, No Love Locks™, was founded by two Americans living in Paris in an effort to save the city's historic bridges and monuments from the overwhelming number of locks. The international media attention the campaign received has been credited with the actions begun in the summer and fall of 2014, when the city began seeking alternatives to love locks and asking the public to stop placing locks on Parisian bridges and monuments. On 9 May 2014, the weight of the padlocks on the Pont Des Arts bridge was blamed for the collapse of part of the parapet. The city began an experiment in September 2014 on the Pont des Arts, replacing three panels with a special type of glass that would prevent locks from being attached. On 1 June 2015, the locks were taken down due to the collapsing of the bridge....  - Wikipedia

*Whoops Sorry Paris, we placed ours on 27th July 2015, our bad*