Paris has the most intimate relations with its river than any other comparable city in Europe. Not only do lovers walk the streets along the Seine, but in season when the water does not rise as high, couples can descend many a staircase to the cobblestone walks at the riverside. For those who prefer the setting without the exertion, tour boats ply the Seine on a daily basis, usually starting from the Square du Vert Galant.
Here's the cheapest way to declare your eternal love for that special person in your life, the one you met this afternoon and are trying to maneuver into bed.
Instead of spending forty Euros on flowers, buy a padlock at Monoprix for five Euros – or, to make a really good impression, get the € 16.50 model from Fichet-Bauche – write or inscribe both your names on it, have a romantic stroll along the Seine on a romantic evening, go out onto one of the romantic pedestrian bridges, look deeply into each other’s eyes, kiss, declare your eternal love in whatever common language you might have, kiss some more, then solemnly snap the lock onto the bridge and throw both keys into the Seine.
Update 2014: According to French press reports, a 2.4 meter section of the wire mesh fence on the footbridge Pont des Arts collapsed under the weight of the love locks on Sunday afternoon, 8 June 2014 at 5:50 pm. Police said there were no casualties, but the footbridge was immediately evacuated and closed.
Second photo: Love locks on the Pont des Arts, 2011.
In 2010 someone from the Mayor's office was quoted as saying that all these rusty locks were an eyesore and might even endanger the stability of the Pont des Arts, which after all was part of the "national patrimony". So when about two thousand of the love locks disappeared one night in May 2010, the opposition parties promptly blamed the mayor, saying he was trying to control everything in the city, even love. But the mayor denied any responsibility, as did the police, the art museums, the Direction de la Propreté et de l’Eau (D.P.E.) and various other city agencies that might conceivably have been involved.
Update 2013: Although some people in Paris still vociferously blame the city administration under Mayor Bertrand Delanoë for removing all those love locks one night in May 2010, it turns out that the locks were actually removed by an art student of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts), who used them to make a sculpture which was put on display several weeks later. (Click here to see the entire sculpture.)
Actually it's somewhat far-fetched to call the current Pont des Arts a part of the national patrimony, because it is not even thirty years old. It was built in the 1980s to replace an older bridge that collapsed after being rammed by a barge. The new bridge looks very much like the old one except that it was subtly re-designed to harmonize better with the next bridge upstream, the Pont Neuf.
Third photo: Love locks at night on the Pont des Arts. Surprisingly, a few couples have used combination locks, which rather misses the point of the whole thing. If one of the lovers remembered the combination, he or she could simply return and remove the lock. (Not exactly eternal love, is it?)
Fourth photo: In 2012 I noticed that one of the nearby book stalls on the right bank of the Seine was selling small padlocks for 3.50 Euros. Slightly larger sizes were on sale for 4.50 or 6.00 Euros. As of 2013, it wasn’t even necessary to leave the bridge, because this man on the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor (formerly Passerelle Solférino) was selling locks right on the bridge. (I forgot to ask the price.)
Fifth photo: Love locks on the Pont de l'Archevêché, 2013.
Pont des Arts, Paris
Léopold-Sédar-Senghor footbridge, Paris
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Hm... "Sign of undying love" in the mostly romantic city in the world.
"Since the fad took off around two years ago, almost 2,000 padlocks of all shapes, colours and sizes are now locked to the bridges and emblazoned with messages of eternal love".
City was going to remove the pad locks on the Pont des Arts Bridge in May 2010 sometime. Looks as if they didn't end up removing the locks after all.
You will see tonns of pad locks on the bridge near Notre Dame too. But if Paris' municipality wasn't removing the locks on a regular basis, their would be nowhere left to attach a lock...
It's look weird...
Paris is known as a romantic city and the locals like to think that they are the best lovers and know all about romance. (This is their opinion and each person is entitled to their own opinion)
Take a walk aroung the Eiffel tower area, down the tree lined streets and see how romantic this city can be.
Paris is the symbol of light, the capital of romance, the centre of attraction of Europe.
What could be more romantic than a wedding in Paris?
If you are planning to marry in Paris ( just remember: French law requires that before a wedding ceremony takes place in a church in France, you need to have proof of a civil marriage) - you will have a great variety of choises: from the cruise on a river-boat to the hottest restaurants the city has to offer, from elegant private palaces to temples of haute cuisine....
If you are not planning to marry in Paris... oh well... in any case you will meet lots of "Just married" couples from entire world in Paris.
Walking Along the Seine on the left bank we saw these 2 French Law and order types on horseback.With the shining streets and the Parisian buildings in the background it almost looked turn of the century(except for the cars)
Well ooh la la!
I must say, for a single lady, Paris can be absolutely fantastic for the old self-esteem! No matter how awful and monstrous you think you look in comparison to the chic Parisiennes, some guy will ****ALWAYS**** try to chat you up! :-)
One day, I got chatted up 3 times in town. Of course it would be the one day I got sunburnt, had no make--up on, looked like crap with messy hair. :)
Then there was that 60 year old guy who offered me a fine view of the city from the back of his car.
At the same time, like men anywhere, they soon get the message if you're not interested in them. If you do not welcome this kind of attention, then be firm, avoid eye contact and don't look touristy (i.e. looking at maps, speaking a different language in public).
Basically you literally cannot even sit down on a park bench in the city centre without some randy romeo trying it on.
I enjoyed some of the attention, I cannot deny it, but there were other times when I wished they would just go away and "laisse-moi tranquille" :)
French Kissing tips & technics. (Note: from a website)French kisses are kisses in which you also use your
tongues. (That's why you part your lips slightly.)
So, after you've started kissing, the next step
is that either he will slip his tongue into your
mouth or you'll slip yours into his. Don't let your
tongue go limp but move it around his, or playfully
push his tongue out with yours, then let him
push your tongue back into your mouth, and so on. This is a guide to basic kissing, i.e. you learn the basics and get the basics right, then experiment and try different styles and more advanced techniques.
1. Brush your teeth, get a good bath, nicely groomed and clean and fresh, before meeting the other person. There's nothing worse than kissing the rear end of a garbage truck
2. Get into a comfortable position - you can't kiss if your back feels like it's gonna break. Suggestion - Sit side by side on a comfy sofa.
3. Hold your lover , firmly but gently - don't cause pain. Suggestion would be to hold the shoulders, the neck or gently on the side of the face, one side or both sides.
4. Move your faces closer. Don't bump noses. Suggestion would be the guy angle his face slightly so you don't bump noses.
5. Kiss gently, normal closed lips kissing, and close your eyes. Closing your eyes increases the sensations you feel, and also sets the mood.
6. Continue kissing gently. Get comfortable with simple closed lips, lip-to-lip kissing before going anywhere else.
7. If fine till here, tentatively, slowly and lightly draw your tongue across the other person's lips.
8. Chances are from here, if the other person lightly parts her tongue, slowly explore the other person's tongue in a light licking motion.
9. The tongue has a very sensitive surface, which is why tongue to tongue is the essence of french kissing.
10. After you've tried lightly licking the other person's tongue, you can try sucking on it, wrestling with it ( see if you can hold it to the floor of her mouth ) and other things like that.
11. Explore the other areas of the mouth. Especially the roof of the mouth. Lightly lick, or tickle the area with your tongue.
12. Don't bite. whatever you do, don't bite.
13. Don't swing your tongue round and round like a windmill. Explore lightly, don't drill your way through.
14. Breathe through your nose. Breathe through your nose. I say again, breathe through your nose.
15. Follow so far ? You can lightly use your hands too, lightly rubbing the other person. Suggestions, along the waist, along the back, the arms, especially the inside of the arm, the neck, maybe running your fingers through her hair. Again, don't cause pain.
16. Continue kissing.
Lovers are everywhere in Paris. Lots of them are visitors from other countries. Paris brings out the best/worst in folks???