Photo of the Week – May 25, 2012
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Walking across the Pont de l’Archevêché (the Archbishop’s Bridge), the narrowest road bridge in Paris, I was once again struck by the abundance of love locks covering the bridge’s sides. I snapped several photos of the masses of padlocks, behind which one will find an east end view of Notre Dame de Paris. Love locks started showing up in European cities in the early 2000s, and can be found decorating bridges in such varying locations as Rome, Vrnjačka Banja, Moscow and Cologne. In Paris, they can also be spotted on other bridges such as the Pont des Arts and the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor. 2010 saw a mysterious disappearance of love locks in the City of Light after the Town Hall expressed concern about preservation of the city’s historic architecture. Love locks immediately returned to the bridges despite this. As they say, l’amour triomphe de tout!
photo © Rachael Woodson
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