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This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
“Locked in love.” Pretty soon, after seeing all the lovely photos in this series, I am going to be locked in love with Paris. ~WaterGirl
In 2014 we took our sons on a two-week trip to London, Normandy, and Paris, which included day trips to Stonehenge and Mont St Michel. Paris was the last stop, for two days. We stayed in an AirBnB apartment in the Latin Quarter, also known as the Left Bank (of the Seine), which has been the home of artists, writers, and students because of the Sorbonne. This was my third time in Paris and coincidentally I stayed in the Left Bank every time.
Paris was the last stop on our trip and we only got out to sightsee for one day. We took a boat tour on the Batobus downriver on a gray and intermittently rainy day. We boarded at a spot very close to Notre Dame.
While it was a hop-on hop-off route with nine stops, the only one we made was at the Eiffel Tower. While we were on the second level waiting for the elevator we watched a squall line come across the city, which eventually drenched us.
On our way back we passed the Pont de l’Archeveche, one of several Seine bridges where sweethearts placed an engraved padlock and threw the key into the river to signify that they are “locked in love.” A few months after we were there the city began removing the locks because of the weight.
Our apartment was close to a very Parisian small square ringed with sidewalk cafes, the Place de la Contrascarpe. We ended up having dinner there the three nights we were in Paris. I can’t imagine a nicer place to spend an evening – it was the quintessential Paris.