We’ve seen the news that Paris has removed the ”love locks” from the Pont des Arts bridge after a section of the bridge collapsed last year. Fastening a padlock on the bridge (and many other public fixtures) developed quickly as a way for couples (including us) to publically demonstrate their love.
Looking back at our trips to Paris, we see that in 2008 the bridge was au natural, lockless.
We brought our lock, engraved with our wedding date, with us from the US and placed it on the bridge in 2012, when there was a lot of room and we could select the location that appealed to us, right in the middle of the Seine.
Last year, we looked for our lock, but to no avail..
Our backup lock was placed on Via dell’Amore in Cinque Terre in 2013. But, since then, mudslides have closed the Via dell’Amore and only 200 meters from the Manarola train station are open at this time (and the Bar Via dell’Amore, near our lock, remains closed). When it reopens, we’ll have to see if our lock survived (and if the bar is open).