The Locking of Hearts in Paris
By Roland Lepore
For the Deseret News
Bridges I had crossed multiple times before in Paris are now covered with padlocks as a representation of a couple’s love for each other – locking of hearts. This new phenomenon has been spreading all over Europe as a symbol of eternal love.
On a recent visit to Paris I noticed something somewhat unusual I had never seen, or at least not to the extent I witnessed this time.
Bridges I had crossed multiple times before were now covered with padlocks as a representation of a couple’s love for each other. I later learned that this new phenomenon has been spreading all over Europe. Newlyweds will select a certain spot that is meaningful to them and their relationship and will “lock up” their hearts using these “love locks” as a symbol of what they hope to live — an eternal love.
You will see all over town padlocks engraved with names and initials hanging from both sides of bridges. As it appears, they close the lock and together throw the key in the water right below them. This seals their eternal love. The ritual also symbolizes that their hearts will never be separated and no rival will ever be able to find the key to the heart of their beloved, since the key has disappeared in the water. In this manner, they have found a way to bind together what they hope will remain eternal.
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Roland Lepore is the founder of www.lessaintsdesderniersjours.com. He just moved to Lyon, France, with his family after living in Utah for the past 10 years
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