The locks are still thick on many of the bridges in Venice, especially on the Accademia Bridge. I saw the police bail up a vendor one day, but he was back, bright and sassy, the very next.
For those of you who don’t know, love locks are attached by sweethearts to a public fixture, such as a bridge. They throw away the key (in Venice, this means into a canal running under that bridge), to symbolise unbreakable love.
It’s becoming a problem in many cities around the world, and is treated as littering or vandalism. The locks rust, and cause damage to the bridges, and they’re expensive/difficult to remove.
(Just put “love locks on bridges venice” in your search engine to see the scope of the problem in just one small city. Eliminate “venice” in your search to see how widespread this custom has become.)
Right, a long preamble to lead up to this photo of a love lock on a bridge in a quiet part of the Giudecca, where not many tourists tend to roam.
The sentiment is splendid, but how I wish they had chosen another way to express their undying love.
You came in like a thief, bloomed in my heart like a red rose.
You light up my life like the sun.
I can’t get enough of you. I love you