Paris: The City of Love [Locks]
On our last full day in Paris a small group of fellow ISA students and I visited one of the many love-lock bridges over the River Seine. Surprisingly, “love-locking” is not a classic Parisian tradition. The practice only came to Paris in late 2008. Love-locks are padlocks locked to the guardrails of a bridge with the initials or anniversary of a couple inscribed on the padlock. All along the river were small touristic shops that sold all sizes of padlocks with designs, like the Eiffel Tower. Even though love-locks are present in multiple other countries and did not come exclusively from Paris, I and many others still think it is as much of a must see tourist stop as L’Arc de Triomphe or the Louvre.
– Léa Payette studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France with ISA High School in 2015. Léa was an ISA-HS featured blogger, and a winner of a Social Media Scholarship. The Aix-en-Provence program visits Paris for several days at the start of their program in France.