Have just read an interesting article in the National Geographic about the River Seine in Paris.
I know that there have been several posts about the love locks and so this might be of interest. I apologise if it has already been covered in the original thread, but I couldn't face searching through more than 280 posts (the last time I noticed another comment) to see whether anyone had mentioned this. I quote:
"Most every morning at nine, the emergency responders assigned to the Seine pull on their wet suits and swim around the Ile de la Cite. In the course of their circuit.....the firemen-divers scour the bottom, retrieving bikes, cutlery (which they clean and use in the nearby houseboat where they live), cell phones, old coins......
By the Pont des Arts......they retrieve keys tossed in the water by couples hoping to affirm the eternal nature of their padlocked love.
One bridge upriver, at the Pont Neuf, near the Palace of Justice law courts where divorces are decreed, they find wedding bands discarded when eternal love turns out to be ephemeral."
This is just a sample of a very interesting article about life on and around this famous river.
Article by Cathy Newman with photographs by William Albert Allard (who has contributed to the National Geographic for 50 years).