August 12, 2013
Love Locks Around The World
Love locks are never something that I look for when I travel, but something I always just seem to stumble across. That’s a wonderful thing. I love reading the names engraved on the various locks, and wondering what happened to the couple. Are they still together? Married with kids? Did they drift apart, are they having a long distance relationship, or did they break up after one of them failed a lie detector test on Jeremy Kyle? The possibilities are endless.
On my first day in the Ukraine, I came across Odessa’s famous Mother-In-Law Bridge purely by accident, and found dozens if not hundreds of love locks that had been fastened to the railings, with the Black Sea in the background. Wondering if I was the only one who loved snapping photos of them, I asked other bloggers if they had photos of love locks, and received an overwhelming response, proving that there are plenty of people as mushy as I am. So, here are some photos that various bloggers have sent me of love locks around the world.
These are some of the locks I found on the aforementioned Mother-In-Law Bridge here in Odessa. The cover photo for this post is from the same bridge, too. Apparently if you jump up and down on the bridge, you can feel it sway. Not something that I dared to try.
During my trip to Poland last year, I stumbled upon the pretty little Tumski Bridge, which is a popular place for couples to declare their undying love for each other. The bridge looks like it’s straight from a fairy tale, so hopefully the couples get their happily ever after.
Brenna of This Battered Suitcase and Melissa of Suitcase And Heels have shared these photos of love locks in Seoul and Busan, respectively. Seoul’s Namsan Tower is absolutely crammed to bursting point with love locks, whereas Busan Tower shows a little bit more restraint.
Transnistria is a strange little non-country, and one I’ll be writing about soon along with my adventures in Moldova. Font of knowledge of all things Soviet, Katie Aune, who writes one of my favourite travel blogs, snapped these lonely looking locks in the Transnistrian capital, Tiraspol.
It’s impossible to write a post about love locks around the world and not mention Paris, the French capital and world headquarters of romance. Edna of Expat Edna, William of A Stone’s Throw, Cassie of Ever In Transit and Christine of Miss Expatria all contributed these photos. Edna’s photo is of love locks at night, William’s is of a lock he put on the Notre Dame bridge in Paris for a girl he left behind to go and travel, Cassie is fiend when it comes to love lock photos, and Christine’s is another shot from Notre Dame, clearly an inspiration for lovers.
Ed from The Polar Route shares this photo of Siberia, noting that, “These love locks adorned a bridge in Irkutsk, Russia. Even in Siberia, love locks are a popular way to show someone how much you care.”
Ngardmau Waterfall, Palau
Dave of Dave’s Travel Corner brings us some love locks from the Pacific, with the tiny island nation of Palau getting in on the act. Anyone notice the Korean on one of the love locks? The waterfall is the largest and highest in Palau.
Novi Sad, Serbia
Adelina of Pack Me To writes that, “These love locks were spotted in Novi Sad, Serbia on the Varadin Bridge. The lack of a proper sized railing didn’t deter lovers as they wrapped a chain around the post to use. Over time, others attached their own locks on top of others previously placed there.”
Pittsburgh, United States
Maria of Adventures With Maria comments about these love locks in Pennsylvania, “This bridge, part of Schenley Drive in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, crosses Junction Hollow and is a place that connects the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University campuses. What strikes me as unique in comparison to other bridges like this I’ve seen elsewhere in the world (Ponte Milvio in Rome, Pont des Arts in Paris) is the orderly way in which the locks are attached to the bridge’s fence.”
Jodi of Legal Nomads and Steph of Twenty-Something Travel both sent me photos of the Fountain Of Love in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital. Jodi’s photo comes with a great story about a woman who saw the photo on her site, and the fountain comes with a legend: “The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with the initials of two people in love is placed in it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked.” And Steph? Well, she didn’t tell me a romantic tale, but I mean who wouldn’t want to take a photo of this fountain just for the sake of it?
Shara from SKJ Travel snapped this shot in China: “Huashan is one of the five sacred Taoist mountains in China. Located in Shaanxi province, its name translates to “Flower (hua) Mountain (shan)” because of the shape of one of its five peaks, which looks a bit like a blooming lotus flower. The trail system passes by numerous religious temples, pavilions, and Chinese characters carved into the rock, and here are masses upon masses of lovers locks and red ribbons lining a set of steep steps on the mountain, where many couples pause to rest.”
Micki of The Barefoot Nomad took this photo under the Balcon de Europa in Nerja, Spain, adding that, “Above us, on the Balcon, children were playing, tourists lined up for gelato, and locals were sitting at the local cafe enjoying an espresso. But below the Balcon it was quiet in the little cove by sea shore, near the rusty gate where lovers placed their locks.”
Lindsay of The Present Perfect, Andrew of Ark 3 and Calan of Discovering Your Truth sent in these photos from Italy, a country which evokes images of passionate lovers and all-consuming romance. Love locks have caught on the romantic nation.
Kelly of Flip Flop Caravan found this in Osaka, and says of these love locks, “venture 40 stories up to the Floating Garden Observatory on the roof of the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka, Japan, and you’ll find them. There’s even a bench and built-in camera stand to facilitate a seamless photo-op!”
Andrea from Rear View Mirror brings us this photo from Slovenia’s nightmarish-ly spelled capital, noting, “The Butchers’ Bridge is a new addition to Ljubljana’s bridges, having been completed in 2010, and is now the home to many love locks including those attached to this frog sculpture.”
Ann of Travel Turtle took this photo in Cologne, commenting that, “Cologne, Germany loves love. Or at least love locks. When Deutsche Bahn, the owners of the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany, wanted to remove their love locks the community protested. The locks are all still there today. If you want to see them for yourself, just take the pedestrian walk-way found next to Cologne’s Cathedral and the main train station. Bring your own lock, though, there are no vendors selling them nearby.”
Napa Valley, United States
Alexandra of Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler took this photo in California, letting us know that, “when walking to catch the famous Napa Valley Train through the world-known wineries, you will pass through the little bridge with many love locks. The peculiarity of this bridge is there is a bucket with the thrown keys where you could find yours in case your love disappeared in the future.”
A big thank you to all the bloggers who sent in their photos, shared their stories, and have a soft spot for these little symbols of love!
So there you have it, folks! Now, I want to hear from you! Which of these photos is your favourite? Are there any surprises on here? Have you been to any of these places, or somewhere not on this list, where they have lots of love locks? Let us know in the comments below, or shout out on Facebook or Twitter!