July 6, 2017

Locks and L’amour

Paris is the city of love, where the Eiffel Tower, Edith Piaf, and French champagne are synonymous with this romantic destination. I don’t claim to be an expert on Love or L’amour, but I think we seem to be searching for greater meaning when it comes to this topic. When in Paris, you cannot escape this feeling.

It was my first trip to Paris, and I had just turned 21; I felt very grown-up. Accompanied by three adventurous girlfriends and leaving my boyfriend behind, we were in search of an unforgettable adventure. Paris exceeded all my expectations. Its stunning architecture, charming cafes, and the seductive allure of the French language proved to be an intoxicating blend. Paris seduced me, and I found myself yearning for more. At that moment, I felt like I would be anyone’s if they wanted me, but let’s leave it at that.

Many years later, returning to Paris with my husband offered a completely different experience. We spent our days exploring iconic landmarks, savouring exquisite meals, and indulging in bottles of wine. I cherished our trips to Paris, yet deep down, I still longed for that quintessential romantic moment. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. What is it about Paris, that elusive “Je ne sais quoi,” that drives us, especially me, Paris crazy?

For those who share my passion for Paris, leaving a piece of you behind is a great way to continue your affection for the city or confirm your love for that special someone. Love locks on the Pont des Arts, where thousands flock to leave their locks. If this doesn’t scream I love you, then I don’t know what does. Sadly, though, this tradition is soon coming to an end. The weight of love has jeopardized the infrastructure of the bridge. Who knew all that love could damage bridges? But! The next best thing is the love wall in Montmartre,  a mural featuring I Love You written 1,000 times in over 300 languages. Make sure you take a romantic selfie and soak up l’amour.



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