Last week, in timing with Valentine’s Day, Huffington Post’s Travel Section put out a request for people to send in their pictures of “Love Locks” taken for a photo montage. Love locks are small padlocks that couples fasten to iron bars or other permanent fixtures as a symbolic gesture to display their feelings for, or strong commitment to, each other.
Often, these love locks are found on bridges, or in other open areas. After the lock is put in place, the couple pretty much discards the key, throwing it into a river or just away in general.
When I was in Prague in 2012, I saw love locks around the city, mostly on the Charles Bridge and a nearby district called Mala Strana. While on the Charles Bridge, I happened to catch a couple from France, I think, put on a lock at a spot where I was standing right next to them.
Going back to The Huffington Post, they were kind to feature my picture from Charles Bridge (which is definitely one of many reasons to make a trek to Prague) as a lead in to this travel photo montage. Here it is below; the caption is listed right after.
“This week’s Moment of Travel Zen comes to us from Michele Herrmann. Her photo of love locks on a Charles Bridge gate is set in Prague, one of the most romantic cities in the world.”
My second pix is found in a lineup with other really great snapshots! See the full montage here.