It's Valentine's day in a few days and I was thinking what to blog about after my Camera Challenge on Capturing Love through my lens. Then I remember coming across some Love Padlocks during my travel to Italy. On our trip to Florence we saw a lot of clustered padlocks on some chains, fence or railings and got curious so we asked our travel guide and she explained that those colorful Love Padlocks we can see everywhere in Italy are affixed by lovers to symbolize their undying love and affection... wow a tribute to eternal love! It is similar to Pinoy's engraving our names....to trees!!
Actually this Love Padlock thing has its history and it is not only from Italy, it is worldwide! Check this out from wikipedia:
"In Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. The reasons love padlocks started to appear vary between locations, and in many instances are unsourced. However, in Rome, the ritual of affixing love padlocks to the bridge Ponte Milvio can be attributed to the book I Want You by Italian author Federico Moccia, who later made it into the film-adaptation Ho voglia di te.
Similarly, an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love—now named after the love padlocks) in Serbia exists, where they can be traced to even before World War II. A local schoolmistress named Nada, who was from Vrnjačka Banja, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with a local woman from Corfu. As a consequence, Relja and Nada broke up their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and after some time she died as a result of her unfortunate love. As young girls from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, together with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet."
Whether we believe this or not is up to us, there are things that are a bit corny yes but we are always corny when we are in love!
|photo taken from: http://weburbanist.com/2011/01/12/locks-of-love-urban-padlock|