Friday, April 20, 2012


L'amour force toutes les serrures
Love laughs at locksmiths
To seal their love, sweethearts in Paris, like in other world capitals, attach locks marked with their initials, names or dates to bridges, then toss the keys into the water below. The weight of the locks can pose problems. The city of Paris at times has had to cut out and replace entire panels of protective fences on footbridges over the Seine which were heavily laden with lovelocks, or cadenas d'amour. Above is a tidy new start of lovelocks on the pedestrian bridge, the Passerelle Léopold Sédhar Senghore, between the Jardin de Tuileries  and the Musée d'Orsay. 
A combination lovelock can be practical; especially considering the story of the spurned lover who one day was seen bitterly struggling to remove his cadenas d'amour with heavy-duty cable cutters. 

une serrure:  a lock
un cadenas:  a padlock
combinaison:  combination
forcer:  to force
une passerelle:  a footbridge

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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