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We’ve all heard about love locks:  Lovers attach a padlock to a civil structure then throw away the key, symbolizing the permanence of their love.  This now-worldwide tradition has origins in Paris, but just prior to my visit, one of the many Parisian love lock bridges partially collapsed under the weight of the locks.  But the Pont de l’Archevêché, connecting Île de la Cité to the southern bank of the Seine near Notre-Dame de Paris, was still standing and covered in padlocks.

I was amazed at the lengths people go through to affix their lock to this bridge — some couples have paid for a lock engraved with their names and a silhouette of the Eiffel Tower!

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