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The padlocks of Paris.

April 19, 2012

Shoko‘s post about travel yesterday mentioned the love locks of Paris, something I’d never heard of. So I did a little research and discovered that they are padlocks chained to Parisian bridges by couples who want to create a (mostly) permanent memorial of their love. I think the idea is pretty cool, but Parisian government seems to think otherwise: Apparently it’s tried to cut off the locks, although visitors to the bridges, unsurprisingly, keep replacing them.

Even more interesting: There are love locks in many other countries, including China (where it’s customary for couples to “lock their souls” together and then–literally–throw away the key), Italy, Germany and Canada. What do you think of the trend–tacky or kind of romantic?

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    April 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Oh how sad that they cut them off! I think it’s sweet and cool.

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