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Travel Tuesday: love locks

 

610_5236-s_wThose of you following my blog for some time, already know I’m collecting images of love locks from everywhere I see them. I already posted some of these images here.

Today, I assume, is a very good opportunity to show you another image.

Usually, lovers pick a symbolic place for their love lock. Often, the community government don’t like the huge amount of locks attached i.e. to a bridge or another kind of building. Recently, I read about the bridge in Paris, right behind the Notre Dame, where the city government was forced to remove the locks because the enormous wight was destabilizing the bridge.

Here, in front of the light house the city government set up a grid wall for attaching love-locks and called it “Schlosspark”. “Park” means park and “Schloss” is chateau or castle. But, the German word for a lock is also “Schloss”. And the German word “Park” can also mean “to park”. So, the name of the grid is a play on words: “park your lock” – or so :).

As you can see, despite many couples already attached their love-lock at the grid, there is still plenty of room.

Do you also have such places, where you live, where couples attach such locks? Feel free, to tell me in the comment section below.

Happy valentines day!

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610_2437_wI found this in Lisbon last year. Many people set up a small metal heart and hung it on the grids. It’s a variant of the love-locks mounted on so many bridges. On every trip I do, I find places with these locks labeled with names and dates. I’s always interesting to see how old some locks are or what kind of lock the couple has chosen to symbolize their (hopefully eternal) love. For those of you, not familiar with the idea of love-locks, jump to this post on Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris, where I explained the idea.

I already posted many of these love-locks. Unfortunately I forgot to label them all correctly or included the images in regular posts. But you can find many of them by following the tag lovelock.

Take care!

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Lovelocks – again

600_9614_wWhile walking on the masonry dam at lake Möhne a few weeks ago, I noticed locks mounted on the security meshs. I wrote several times (here, here or here) on this tradition, mounting locks on bridges for sealing the love.

I explained this practise in one of my past posts Continue reading “Lovelocks – again”

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And … another lock bridge

600_1002-s_wYou know, I already posted photos taken on several bridges in different countries, where I found bridges decorated with locks. These locks are mounted by couples in love to have a proof of their love combined with the hope, their love will last forever or at least, as long as nobody is able to open the lock with the key. You know, they usually throw the keys in the river below the bridge.

I already found such bridges in Prague, Paris and several other cities (but without taking a photo).

Most of the other bridged were decorated with hundreds of lock, while there were only a few of them at this bridge. I guess, that’s because of the location of the bridge up in the hills spanning over a canyon 90m above the ground.