THE PONT DES ARTS OF BRIDGE OF ARTS IS THE ONLY BRIDGE IN PARIS WHERE YOU CANNOT SEE THE RAILINGS OR BALUSTRADES. SURE THEY ARE THERE OR ELSE PEOPLE WOULD BE FALLING OFF THE BRIDGE DURING WINDY DAYS BUT NOW THE METAL RAILINGS ARE COMPLETELY COVERED WITH PADLOCKS WITH THE KEYS THROWN INTO THE RIVER SEINE!
If you dive into the riverbed of the Seine you will find God knows tens of thousands of keys together with car, car tyres, cans and cadavers probably!
The idea is that tourists should padlock a lock with their names written on it so they will be bound to return to Paris in the near future.
This is similar to throwing a coin into the Trevi fountain in Rome so you are sure to return to the Eternal City!
Rome's version is cheaper as a coin can be 10 sen, RM 1, 10 cents or 1 euro but a padlock costs at least 4 euros (RM 17)!
If you bring the key home to Malaysia then you will NEVER return to Paris so beware!
I wonder if this token of love will catch on in Kuala Lumpur but we do not have a bridge like this to speak of!
I saw padlocks with names of 2 guys or 2 girls so they must be gay or lesbian couples. Some locks have 3 or 4 names written on it so they must be having group sex but I am told you do not have to be physical lovers. You and your friend(s) can merely be in love with Paris and simply wish to return.
As a Philistine, I would have thought tying yourself to the plane tyre of Malaysia Airlines or Air France might be a better idea to ensure a flight to Paris but there you go.