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Love Locks: Yes Or No?

By Eyepreferparis88 @eyepreferparis

Yes or no
What started as an innocent symbol of love has now turned into a full-blown controversy.

Lovers, couples, sweethearts, and newlyweds expressing their eternal love in the world’s most romantic city have been leaving padlocks on the Pont des Arts since 2008. The tradition started way before the newly minted Paris one, 100 years ago in a Serbian spa town during WW I.

In recent years the love lock phenomenon has over spilled to other bridges in Paris, as the Pont des Arts has run out of room, with the city frequently cutting off the locks, only to have new ones immediately replace them

As much as Paris caters to tourists, locals are getting fed up with the locks. Many feel tourists are abusing their rights and marring the bridges.

Two American expats, Lisa Anselmo and Lisa Taylor Huff, have taken tackled the problem head on by starting up No Love Locks, a movement to ban them. Huff and Anselmo state that the locks have become a visual plague on the landscape of the city and that they are degrading and damaging the structure of the bridges, a threat to the cultural heritage. They have collected over 6800 signatures on to ban the locks and have written an open letter to the new mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. The movement has gained tons of international press including articles in The New York Times, Yahoo, and The Huffington Post.

Although I have not yet signed the petition, I am siding with Lisa, Lisa (okay, I had to get that joke in aka Lisa, Lisa & Cult Jam from the 80s). I walk a fine line though, since I am in the tourism business and certainly don’t want do anything to discourage tourists but I feel it has gotten out of control. It’s become a new form of graffiti, with people freely putting locks wherever they want and not respecting public spaces.

I would love to have your opinion.

Click here for more about No Love Locks.



New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.


I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.

Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
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Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour 

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