Love locks. Doesn't it? Keeps you together and holds you tight. So what better way to declare your undying love than your names inscribed on a padlock, keeping the key close to your heart?
The idea's been around for a while now - possibly since WWI. Legend has it that Nada, a sweet local schoolmistress, and the love of her life, Serbian officer Relja would meet on the Most Ljubavi bridge in Vrnjacka Banja. Sadly, their ill-fated engagement was shattered when Relja went off with a woman from Corfu. Poor Nada never recovered from her broken heart, but local girls took to writing their names, together with their loved one, on padlocks and fastening them to the railings of the bridge to keep their love alive. The keys were thrown into the river below, lest anyone find them and unlock their love.
Less romantic is the damage being caused to the bridges and landmarks of Paris and other cities, where the locks have been removed in the interests of safety and conservation. So, let's get more imaginative!
Many beautiful visitor attractions are now embracing the idea, like Gretna Green and the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland, as well as more far flung locations, such as the inspirational 'Love Trees' at North Seoul Tower (top image) and the Vodootvodny canal, Moscow.
Will you admit to having left your padlock on the Pont du Seine Bridge or have you found somewhere less intrusive to make your love mark on the world?
The Captain and I found this buxom pirate lass at a cocktail bar in Caletta, Fuerteventura. Happy Anniversary Cap'n and the G&Ts were to die for! We deserved it after 36 years.