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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

It started in Paris...

The first I knew about this trend was from Paris about two years ago, lovers fixing padlocks to a bridge across the Thames. Now, they are appearing on the Hungerford (Or Jubilee) footbridge, on the western side. Not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, but it makes for a good photo opportunity.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 12

Comments on "It started in Paris..."


Blogger Kira said ... (01:02) : 

Its actually not a trend but an old tradition from florence, Italy. There is a bridge (I forgot the name) that people have fixed locks to as a sign of their love for the city since ages. only later couples started to use it for themselves and as a symbol for their love in different other cities, which lead to a serious overweight of the 'hohenzollernbr├╝cke' in cologne- here's a picture: thats how the whole bridge looks like:D


Blogger Petrea Burchard said ... (01:46) : 

It's a wonderful shot. I love the way you framed it.


Blogger cara said ... (04:14) : 

Your photo is beautiful - it's like London has been all wrapped up nice and safe.

Photo/info from Kira are brilliant.


Anonymous Sarah said ... (11:53) : 

Ah, they had that on Homeland a couple of weeks ago and it was the first I'd heard of it. I thought it was a TV thing, but clearly not.


Anonymous imajoebob said ... (18:15) : 

Nice pic, but this is annoying. My dogs urinate on every utility pole they find, leaving a calling card for every other dog that comes along. Not much different from this.


Anonymous Surreyguy said ... (18:26) : 

Yes, in 2007 we saw hundreds of assorted padlocks on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Thinking of each as representing a pair of lovers was quite touching. I'm sure that eventually somebody has to replace a section of bridge railing when and no more can be added. Nicely framed shot Ham, thanks for your daily smiles.


Blogger Val said ... (22:21) : 

While this makes an interesting photo I'm not sure if this is the right bridge for the locks.
I saw them last year in Graz, Austria, on a similar bridge to the Paris ones. I think the locks improved the look of the chicken wire mesh. Or did they use mesh because it could be cheaply replaced if full of locks?


Blogger Barb said ... (22:30) : 

They were over a number of bridges in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at least a few in Moscow; I also remember seeing them on a show set in eastern Asia a few years ago. Seems like an old tradition.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (22:39) : 

Hello, I am organising an interesting walk for charity around soho/st james' and green park areas and need things just like this for it. Interesting facts/things/places/buildings, quirky things though rather than the stuff people will already know.
Would you/anyone be able to help?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:03) : 

First seen by me in Naples 5 years ago


Blogger Deb Pita said ... (15:05) : 

Beautiful picture!! :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:50) : 

definitely didn't start in Paris.. saw this in china in 2006 and it looked like it had been going for a while...


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