Love locks everywhere


Pont de l'Archeveché

Pont de l’Archeveché

Most of us will have seen or heard about the love locks that seem to be everywhere these days. On our visit to Paris we saw for ourselves the craze that started at some point in 2000. Pont de l’Archeveché, just at the back of Notre Dame,  is covered in locks. Whilst my daughter and I took photos and inspected some of the locks, my husband had stolen away only to reappear a little later with two tiny golden locks with our initials on. So we followed the trend and added our tiny looks to an already heavy laden bridge and threw two tiny keys into the Seine. None of this is environmentally friendly or any good for the ancient bridge in question, so forgive me folks, but at the time it was quite romantic.

Our little locks W + S and our daughter M

Our little locks W + S and our daughter M

In June this year, before we got to Paris, the most famous bridge for love locks in Paris, Pont des Arts, had a collapse. The bridge mesh collapsed inwards onto the bridge under the weight of the locks. In recent weeks Paris’ City Hall has been asking lovers to take Selfies on the bridges and post them on social media instead, using #lovewithoutlocks.

Not an open space in sight

Not an open space in sight

As I said, the love locks have turned up everywhere, from Paris, London and Rome to Vancouver Island here in Canada. Even in my hometown of Hannover in Germany we came across them in two different places.

Love locks on the bridge at the back of Hannover Town Hall

Love locks on the bridge at the back of Hannover Town Hall

Along the railings of Maschsee, a big inner city lake, in Hannover, Germany

Along the railings of Maschsee, a big inner city lake, in Hannover, Germany

Nobody is really sure how this all started, although Wikipedia informs us that it all goes back to World War I. A young couple in love were separated when the lover was sent to Greece, where he fell in love with a local woman. The young woman left behind apparently died of a broken heart. Local women, wanting to keep their man so to speak, started to put these locks onto the bridge where the young lovers used to meet before the war separated them.

We found this broken lock on the bridge - is the love broken as well we wondered

We found this broken lock on the bridge – is the love broken as well we wondered

This rather ornate lock caught my eye

This rather ornate lock caught my eye

Love locks in Paris

Love locks in Paris

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Categories: Europe Trip 2014, Germany | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

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8 thoughts on “Love locks everywhere

  1. Quaint but pulling the Bridge Down!

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  2. I suppose Henry Squire and Sons are happy about this trend. Cool photos Simone. The colours are tremendous.

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    • Yes Ivor, I expect they are lol Thanks, glad you like the photos. Sorry I haven’t been by your blog for a while, I am behind in reading everyones, but hope to catch up in the coming evenings.

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  3. Julie

    Hi Simone, these is a really neat series of images. The only time I’ve ever run across a “love lock”, it was practically all alone. Nothing like this enormous display. I love how you show us the vastness and the detail as well. Very interesting.

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  4. Pingback: Bridge Locks II – Sonia en Route

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