Friday, November 2, 2012

Love locks from the Black to the White Sea

My interest in love locks started in Cologne, long ago. In fact I had seen the first one crossing the Rhine on Hohenzollern Bridge walking toward the cathedral (Kölner Dom) and the main railway station. I had misjudged the lock to serve some mundane purpose like chaining a bike. Later, when thousands of locks "suddenly" were locked to the bridge even I suspected the real purpose that these locks are love locks.
In Cologne several people wanted to study this phenomenon, but I have never seen any work being published.
Some pictures and a German text are here: 

During my travel from the Black Sea to the White Sea I have seen many places with love locks, which didn´t surprise me, judging from the wedding business, of which I shall tell more later in this blog post series on my recent travels. Here are a few pictures. The most interesting place has been Arkhangelsk, where city authorities supplied a rack simply for the purpose of putting the love locks to it. Quite near there is also a graffiti on the wall to the beach concerning marriage and love, of course.

Kiev - on a high bridge with a nice view (not to be seen here)

A very humble beginning in Moscow

Arkhangelsk has much more

Arkhangelsk - there even a rack for locks next to the bridge and near the church, and you can sea the river Dvina

I nearly missed the locks in St. Petersburg, looking at this couple

Related links for this travel:
Antoniyevo-Siysky Monastery (Антониево-Сийский монастырь)
On changing Moldovan Lei in Odessa  
The Very Basic Guide to Russian  
Crime and Punishment (St. Petersburg)  
Hram Ilias – the hidden silence near the Red Place in Moscow  
Kishinev – the prologue of this year’s travels  

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