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Pont des Arts

Pics to accompany my bog: Lock Picking (Flash Fiction on the Pont des Arts). Click on the photograph to make it real…

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2 responses

  1. Wendy

    Hi stumbled upon your website via David Lebovitz’ – I enjoyed reading the post about picking locks – please would you tell me more about this? I’ve been to Paris many times but have never heard or seen this. It’s very interesting!

    Merci,
    Wendy

    PS Do you live in Paris, too?

    July 20, 2010 at 03:50

    • Hi Wendy!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to comment! I hope to see you here and at Paris Inspired (my writing blog) when you have a free minute.

      The lock concept is relatively new. It’s my understanding that it started in Naples, Italy after an Italian writer put a scene in a novel of two lovers hanging a lock inscribed with their names on a bridge there. After that, many Neapolitans did the same and the fad caught on in many other cities across the world. In Paris it’s on the Pont des Arts, which connects the Louvre to the Institut de France. The city of Paris has threatened to build an “official” structure for the locks and remove these from the bridge… The locks also mysteriously disappear from time to time, by vandals or romantic thieves, no one knows. Hope this answers your question!

      Je t’en prie,

      Paris Paul

      PS Yep, for going on twenty years now!

      July 20, 2010 at 09:11

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