It sounds so cliché but Paris has been my happy place for a long time. I fell in love with it many times over starting with the time I spent a semester there in college studying art and photography. I got to know the city very well back then. I used to wonder the streets and purposely lose myself only to find my way back and discover new parts of the city in the process. Beauty literally peaks out from behind every corner. A year after my semester abroad had ended, I was traveling home to the States from South Africa where I had been attending my friend’s wedding. I happened to be flying through Paris and met my husband on the plane. His Fathers side of the family is French and his Grandmother still lived in Paris so we decided to meet up there three months later. We spent a magical week together in the city of lights! Over the years since then we have traveled there many times to visit family but it was only a few weeks ago that I discovered a very special little spot that I had never laid eyes on before.The bridge at the Pont Des Arts. I don’t know how I could have missed it. This pedestrian bridge which crosses the Seine is a popular spot for lovers. The bridge is adorned with locks of love that couples have fastened to the bridge to secure their love and ensure it lasts forever. After the lock is placed on the bridge the key is thrown into the river below. As I walked along this bridge with the thousands of locks shimmering in the sunlight, I thought about the many couples who had come to this spot each with their own unique love story. Each lock representing a piece of their hearts left behind in a gesture of love and hope. This is truly a magical spot!