Travel Photo of the Day (August 12)

I saw a few photos of the Love Lock Bridge in Paris around the Blogosphere recently and I couldn't remember if I had any photos from my recent trip. Turns out I did.

I saw a few photos of the Love Locks in Paris around the Blogosphere recently and I couldn’t remember if I had any photos from my recent trip. Turns out I did. These locks are on the Pont de l’Archeveche bridge near Notre Dame. 


About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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62 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (August 12)

  1. This lock malarkey has gotten completely out of hand… great photo, though 🙂

  2. IsobelandCat says:

    I know a lot of people like these but I don’t. I think they are ugly. I also find a padlock a sinister symbol when it comes to loving relationships. I was horrified to see people were defacing the Millennium Bridge, which is a beautiful structure, with padlocks. Fortunately, I think they are being removed.

    • TBM says:

      I haven’t seen them on Millennium, but not sure I was looking either. I see the touristy bit to these locks, but it is a shame that they damage historical sites.

  3. George says:

    I love the idea of these locks. This is such a great photo. I didn’t think there were that many there!

  4. Colline says:

    Wow! Thee are so many!

  5. elizrodrig says:

    Wow, I wish I was there to touch it. Incredible.

  6. Valentina says:

    In Italy the government wants to banned them. I must say they are obstructive, often ruining the view.

  7. Anam Haq says:

    Are those locks?? 😮

  8. bulldog says:

    There’s a few locks there alright…

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Great photo. This must be a craze sweeping across Europe.

  10. I think there’s one in Seville…not sure though!

  11. My, oh my! I’ve never seen so many locks at the same place. Love locks? I don’t know much about this concept. However, I want my love to be free, not under lock and key. Gosh, I’m rhyming here, TBM:)

  12. Vishy says:

    Nice photo and an interesting tradition, TBM.

  13. I Am Jasmine Kyle says:

    Those are some BIG LOCKS!!!

  14. lynnsbooks says:

    Not seen this before and not sure how I feel about them to be honest. Partly I think it’s kind of sweet of people but then I think is it really necessary to make these sort of gestures? I dunno – can’t blame government’s for not wanting them – I suppose it does spoil the look of the bridge but it also creates a new unique view. See, mixed feelings!
    Lynn 😀

  15. I loved this when we visited, and actually left a lock myself. I don’t really see it as any kind of symbol, just thought it’d be fun to go back in a few years and see if it is still there. It may just be a tourist thing, but I thought that’d be a good thing for an area that thrives from tourism?

  16. I thought this was so romantic in Italy and Germany – it’s not so romantic seeing them in Belfast! lol

    It’s a wonder the bridge hasn’t collapsed with the extra weight 😉

    • TBM says:

      Even in Belfast. Didn’t know that. And I was a little uneasy standing on this bridge. How does it stay put?

      • Yup, even in Belfast 🙂 The authorities removed them in Dublin – guess they were becoming a problem. Spoze I have seen pictures where the weight of them is making lamp posts and things topple over so sort of understandable once it gets out of hand.

        Although as a bridge I would prefer to be famous for love locks than people throwing themselves off me….

      • TBM says:

        LOL, excellent point about bridges. I wouldn’t want to be known for the suicide rate either. Love is just a tad bit more romantic.

      • I also included bungee jumping in my mind – more romantic than that too 🙂

      • TBM says:

        Yes. Much more romantic than plunging to your death.

  17. I love this photo! We are going to Paris in two weeks, so I’ll have to go find this bridge. We found a similar bridge in Prague when we were visiting…

  18. Jo Bryant says:

    I think these locks are getting out of hand…they seem to be everywhere these days

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