Saturday, December 7, 2013

Lover's Locks

The inspiration for this giftwrap came from our 2012 trip to Paris for Thanksgiving. Several of the bridges have become the destination for couples pledging their love by fastening a lock to the bridge and presumably throwing the key in the Seine. We didn't have a lock with us at the time, but thought it was a cool idea for the future. Then I read how it's become something of a nuisance to Parisiennes. It is a type of vandalism when performed enmasse, as in the photo below.

To participate in the movement from afar, I created our own section of bridge rail, bought an antique lock and had it engraved. This is what ours looks like:
It's hard to see, but there's a gold necklace locked to the rail. The only way to remove it is to use the key. I hung a couple dozen key locks on the Christmas tree, which Pat had to locate and try. It took about 10 minutes. Pretty easy this year.

When we go back to Paris we have to decide if we're taking our lock with us.