Locked up with lots of thoughts and photos on this rainy day here in Portugal has me still in love with Paris. As we continue to live out the weekdays the weekend rolls around as quickly as it left a week ago. We explored some fantastic towns last weekend; Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça and Óbidos. I should be writing a blog on the chocolate festival we visited since it is still taking place in Óbidos, Portugal. But my thoughts are locked away with love in Paris today.
So to move forward I am unlocking my photos around the Notre Dame Cathedral.
The line to enter was insane.
We love our son and opted not to torture him with standing in line to view the Cathedral. We’ve seen so many Gothic style churches and monasteries that we would be okay without seeing the inside of Notre Dame.
In the next few weeks I’ll be uploading some photos from inside the Batalha Monastery located in Batalha Portugal for you.
It is totally Gothic and was pretty much absent of tourists when we visited. It isn’t inside of Notre Dame but when travelling abroad you have to pick and choose really what is important to you and the heart of your children.
As you cross from Notre Dame over to the left bank of La Seine your vision is flooded with a sea of color. Thousands upon thousands of locks are linked together fusing names of couples and or families who have written their names on locks and thrown away the key.
A symbol of their love for one another locked away and intertwined for the rest of time.
I would love to see what the floor of La Seine looks like.
Can you imagine the amount of keys that have been thrown into the river and have ended up resting on the riverbed below?
You make the trek to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Paris, France it seems right to leave something behind. A lock of love symbolizing everlasting love is appropriate, right?
This trend started in 2000 and can be seen in many places throughout Europe. During our time in Italy we saw locks linked together on utility poles in Lecce and on bike racks along the coast in Naples. This trend of locking love away has continued to be seen on our journey. These locks covered both sides of the Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris while we were visiting in December. In the past, Paris City Hall swooped in overnight and clipped the locks off with wire cutters, breaking up the locks of love and clearing them from the bridge. Many think the locks disrupt the preservation of the architectural heritage. Shortly after the bridge was cleared of locks they reappeared overnight covering the entire length of the chain link fence.
The locks can be seen beyond the Pont de l’Archevêché but the heaviest concentration of locks that we saw were here, behind the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Artists, lovers, and tourists flock to Paris for a variety of reasons.
Seeing the amount of locks covering the Pont de l’Archevêché and the locks of love that seem to be growing beyond that bridge was certainly a lovely surprise.