My friend Mikaela is aware of my loathing of the lemming culture that has infected many modern tourists of attaching padlocks not just to Paris landmarks but other landmarks around the world.
The worst example being the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris. Taking this example the idea being that by attaching a padlock to the bridge usually inscribed with the initials of the couple and throwing the keys into the River Seine somehow acts as a symbol of eternal love.
So you can imagine my delight when my friend bought a padlock in Paris not with the intent of attaching it to a bridge but instead by inscribing it with the words “Save Paris” and returning it safely to England and presenting it to me as a gift.
It’s satisfying to know that at least this one lock which represents my feelings perfectly will remain permanently in my possession and will not in any way tarnish the Bridges of Paris.
It’s a little gesture I suppose but if everyone who truly feels Paris in their hearts repeated this gesture then very soon the Bridges of Paris would soon be free of locks and once again they will be enjoyed in the way that they were originally intended.
I couldn’t think of a more romantic gesture.