Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

If you love somebody, set them Free !

Trick Lock - Heart (Opened)

Paris hit the news this week with another very hot love story!

But this time, it went far beyond our National bedroom farces. This time, Mesdames, Messieurs the love story involves millions of couples from all over the world ! Millions of lovers who clamped padlocks to the railings as tokens of their desire to be “locked in love forever.”

Love or vandalism?

This symbol to me is anything but love : it shouts possession, prison, narcissism and blindness to the surrounding beauty. Look at what’s left of the Pont des Arts:

A lamp missing, brought down by the weight of locks. Officials estimates the number of locks hanging on the bridge at more than 700 000 ! a load of about 500 kg for each panel !  (c)

A lamp missing, brought down by the weight of locks.
Officials estimates the number of locks hanging on the bridge at more than 700 000 ! a load of about 500 kg for each panel !

Love as I want it, as I try to teach it to my kids, is of a very different kind. It goes with respect, caring and freedom.

Life is not about getting and having, it is about giving and being. Want to show your love? Share your smiles and happiness by taking a selfie instead of padlocking Paris’ most cherished heritage sites. Share it with #LoveWithoutLocks. Your image will appear on a special website alongside other enlightened lovers who choose to cherish memories over things.

Just click if you want to know more about NoLoveLocks campaign 🙂 And hope you too can live by those precious words:



13 comments on “If you love somebody, set them Free !

  1. Nends
    September 25, 2014

    Ahh! The French are crazy. You seem normal now.:)

    • estelea
      September 25, 2014

      The tourists are almost worse! Believe it or not 😉

  2. yolomoments12
    September 29, 2014

    Great Post 🙂 Your amazing blogger. More power to your blog

    • estelea
      September 29, 2014

      Salamat so much 🙂 I like yours too, neighbor ! keep it up!

      • yolomoments12
        September 29, 2014

        Looking forward to for more articles soon. I’m following you 🙂


      • estelea
        September 29, 2014

        thanks! will work on it, and explore more Cebu too! what is your fav place in Cebu? loved to read that learning French and visiting France are on your bucket list 🙂

      • yolomoments12
        September 30, 2014

        I really want to visit Sumilon island, Cebu . Yes I want to learn French and visit France so badly, how i wish can i travel soon 🙂 .

      • estelea
        September 30, 2014

        Let me know when you are ready to travel, will be happy to give you all the tips I can think about for having a good time in France 🙂 Have a nice day!

      • yolomoments12
        September 30, 2014

        Thank You. I will keep in touch with you if I will travel France 🙂 God Bless!

  3. jan
    October 3, 2014

    they have something like this in melbourne too.

    • estelea
      October 3, 2014

      Weird trends to me. I would find it much more romantic if my husband would treat me with a diamond charm each time we visit a new city. Could engrave the name of the city, the date, et voilà 😉 ok, it is a little more expensive than a padlock, but it would definitely look better, no?

      • jan
        October 3, 2014

        hahaha. i wonder what your husband would have to say to the diamond charm for each and every city you both visit, though. lol.

        but, yes to diamond charms! =p

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