Thursday, April 19, 2012
The padlocks of Paris.
Shoko's post about travel yesterday mentioned the love locks of Paris, something I'd never heard of. So I did a little research and discovered that they are padlocks chained to Parisian bridges by couples who want to create a (mostly) permanent memorial of their love. I think the idea is pretty cool, but Parisian government seems to think otherwise: Apparently it's tried to cut off the locks, although visitors to the bridges, unsurprisingly, keep replacing them.
Even more interesting: There are love locks in many other countries, including China (where it's customary for couples to "lock their souls" together and then--literally--throw away the key), Italy, Germany and Canada. What do you think of the trend--tacky or kind of romantic?
Photo by Beryl Byrd