What does your mind think of when you see locks. Doors and cupboards secured with a lock to protect any valuables. To see a lock on a door or a gate or on an almirah is common. It might generate an extra interest if the locks are artistic or different than normal looking mostly used ones. But if you see normal looking locks on a bridge; serving no purpose at all?
beauty of travel is that it throws surprises at you even with the most
mundane of things and those wonderful sights you see and observe often
makes you realize how ways of life differ from one part of the world to
other. These discoveries fuel you further to go on, explore and educate
So the locks. Locks - nothing is alluring about locks.
They serve a purpose and that's about it. More locks, more security;
that's that. So when I saw that bridge weighed down by so many locks of
all kinds - colorful, rusted, number locks with initials and names of 2
people; announcing their love to the world; it was intriguing. Yeah; I
have read about the belief of sweethearts who pad the locks and throw
the key into the river praying their love survives...but I thought it
was a Paris phenomenon only. Only when I saw at Helsinki; I realized it
was prevalent not just in Paris; but all over Europe and in other parts of the world as well.
It seemed very simple. Lock the padlock; throw the keys in the water and your love is eternal and you'd be together forever. Rakkauden Silta
– Helsinki’s Bridge of Love – crosses over a narrow section of the
Vantaa river at Vanhankaupunginkoski, just near the Uspenski Orthodox
Cathedral is where you'd find many locks on both sides of the metal
curious mind set off to read more on these locking affection and love.
Such love bridges exist in European cities, the US, Canada, Australia
and even South Korea. I chuckled when I read how these were accepted in
societies across the world. While few municipalities considered such an
act as vandalism and damage to public property; there are few cities
which encourage visitors to pad locks. There is also website where users
can send others virtual love locks :-o
Fortunately ; for lovers in Finland; Helsinki law allows love locks on its city bridges.
Why not celebrate and flaunt love in pretty pinks and cherry reds and candy blue padlocks :-)
PS : Originally posted on my Travel Blog - Bindu's Travel Diaries.