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{Paris: Pont des Arts}

Paris is one of the romantic cities in the world. It’s hard to explain why, really. Every city we’ve been to has been romantic and enchanting in its own way, but Paris is special. Maybe it’s the Eiffel Tower, or the French architecture, or the fact that I had always dreamed of going to Paris, strolling the cobblestone streets, stopping for cappuccinos and eating baguettes with the one I love. No matter the reason, it truly is an incredibly dreamy city. 
And it’s made all the more romantic by the Pont des Arts – the place people from all over the world go to forever lock their love to the bridge and throw away the key in the Seine River. I could’ve stayed on the bridge studying all the locks for hours. Being the hopeless romantic that I am I loved reading all the locks – intentions of love, unrequited love, and even marriage proposals! I found myself daydreaming about all the people who had been on the bridge before me – all of their stories, unique and mysterious. Who were they? Did they keep their promises?
Corey and I decided to lock our love and make a wish. We promised that we’d come back to Paris for our 25th wedding anniversary. Then we gave the key a smooch for good luck and tossed it into the Seine. As we walked away I couldn’t get the smile off my face imagining where we’d be in 23.5 years – 49 (me) & 53 (Corey) years old, still madly in love, our kids probably in college… And we’d go back to Paris to celebrate our love and reminisce on the time when we were young and carefree living in Europe, gallivanting across the continent to our heart’s content. Life will be different when we return, but it will be even more amazing than it is now. I’m sure of it.

{Photos of Corey and me by Tricia Seabold, all others ©  Liz Denfeld}

33 thoughts on “{Paris: Pont des Arts}”

  1. This is so so sweet! I've never been, but have no doubt that I would also spend hours reading all of the locks 🙂 This is a must one day.

    ps You guys are adorable 🙂

  2. Oh I so wanted to go there when we were in Paris a couple of weeks ago but we just didn't have time. However, the huz said he would rather have our lock engraved so the names didn't wither away and we certainly didn't have time for that! (I'm not sure if he was being sweet or just had a clever excuse of getting out of it!)

  3. Wow! What a beautifully sweet idea! Leave it to Paris to come up with that! Love your lock idea. So romantic!

  4. It's always been a dream of mine to go to Paris with someone I love. Luke & I are plotting & scheming to get there sooner rather than later. When we do make it we will be visiting this bridge & locking our lock, too. I love your story about returning in 25 years, you & Corey have such a sweet love!

  5. Aw it's so romantic. I am originally from France although I am now living in the UK and I love this bridge so much. Took my english boyfriend there last year 🙂

  6. Such a sweet idea! I bet u can't wait for your 25th wedding anniversary! I'm not even married to u guys and I can't wait! Lol 🙂

  7. love this – i loved the locks too and we spent hours meandering around there reading the locks and just taking it all in. it truly was such a special place and i'm so glad we went – thank you again for the restaurant suggestion – it was the only one we followed and it was perfect. absolutely perfect 🙂

  8. so awesome! Time will definitely fly by! I mean, you've already been married for 1.5 years but it seems like just yesterday you were posting photos from your wedding.

  9. I LOVED that you shared this!! I'm going to Paris in less than a month with my husband and seriously CAN'T wait!! Now I'm going to bring a lock with me. Loved these pictures, and how wonderful you were able to capture this special moment. 🙂

  10. What a beautiful idea! My fiance and I are hoping to go to Paris for our honeymoon, and this is something I would love to do! How sweet it will be to come back, find your lock, and reminisce!

  11. Looks like such a sweet moment and great idea! I wish we had thought of doing something special like that. I hate to admit that we barely stopped to look at the all the locks while we were there 🙁 Next time, I guess!

  12. okay, i really need to go to paris! this places already seemed so magical, but after seeing this bridge, i'm convinced it's the most romantic city in the world, too!
    and to be proposed to on that bridge!??! dont' even get me started! precious beyond words! 🙂
    xo TJ

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