As a frequent visitor to Paris, I’m sad to read of the city officials’ decision to remove the hundreds of thousands of ‘love locks’ from Pont des Arts bridge. “It’s the end of padlocks” says mayor Bruno Julliard. Apparently the added weight of the countless locks poses a risk to the structure and people on boats sailing by underneath the famous bridge.

Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, France.

Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, France. Photo by me.

An end of an era for couples who continue to flock the city of love, looking to secure (pardon the pun) never-ending love by putting a lock on the bridge and throwing the key into the river Seine.