Sunday, April 26, 2009

Locks of Love

Today we went to Tsaritsino. My virtual friend has great photos of it here.

Actually, while I liked it and I will go again, she makes it look better than it was. To me, anyhow.

But, that said, we did notice something . . . Russian-y, as my kids would say. I had never seen this before.

Rather than carving their initials on trees, Dairy Queen picnic tables, or car dashboards, Russian lovers who wish to demonstrate the strength of their relationship purchase a lock, lock it to something, and then throw away the key.

At Tsaritsino we saw locks on the bridge . . . this one is for Svetlana and Sergei.


And on the wire in the photo below . . .


And on a gate in the palace . . .

It's rather popular.

6 comments:

valentina said...

HI, I had heard about these locks of love which refer to some movie, but I don't know what...The habit is all over Europe, Rome, France etc. Here is all I could find about it: This is quoted from:

http://travellingspouse.blogspot.com/2009/02/love-locks.html

"Although it's an old tradition in many places, in Rome it became a craze with the release of a film in which a young couple wrote their names on a lock, chained it around a lamppost and threw the key into the river so that their love would be locked forever. Locks and chains started appearing around a lamppost on the Ponte Milvio, to the extent that the lamppost almost collapsed and the authorities had to provide an alternative place for them. The church by the Trevi fountain has now become popular for the romantic love locks, the keys being thrown into the fountain. As fast as the authorities try to remove them, new ones appear in their place."

Maybe one of your readers could direct us to the film?

Anyhow it looks like a lovely park and it is wonderful that spring has finally come to Russia! Hooray!

This was fun to read! Thanks! xov

Margarita said...

There is at least one other bridge in city center where new married couples leave those locks - it is near Treviakov gallery. Authorities from time to time remove locks to give space for newcomers :)

kate said...

I've never seen that! I wonder if they do it here...It seems like a nice symbolic way of marking an adoption... Hmmm...

MoscowMom said...

That is so cool!!!! I had no idea!!!! What a neat tradition and what super pictures!

TRex said...

The locks exist here in Riga as well. Some are quite elaborate. None last very long.

Rachael said...

Tamara guided me to your site. Just wanted to let you know I linked to this post today when I posted a picture of my daughter next to a "Sergei loves Katya" lock. The kids had a great time keeping on the lookout for these during our recent Moscow trip.