Early in the morning , while I was having breakfast with the most picturesque view that I have ever seen in my life, I thought about, “What makes love last?”
Everything was as perfect as it can possibly be.
The plan was to go to the close of the Accademia museum where some of the Leonardo Da Vinci’s original artwork was on display. (Being a lifelong Da Vinci Fan this was not an opportunity that I could miss).
On the way to the museum when crossing the Accademia Bridge, I noticed a very strange-looking gentleman hanging from the street lamp with metal-cutting scissors in his hands and attracting attention from those passing by.
Apparently that was the infamous Venetian Love Lock Cutter and he was doing his performance art by cutting down all the locks that were attached on the bridge.
Before seeing him I did not even notice the existence of thousands and thousands of locks on the bridge.
The Love Lock trend in Europe started from Federico Moccia’s story “I Want You” in 2006. Lovers all over Europe started writing their names on the Padlocks attaching them to the bridges and throwing away the keys into the water. This Love Locking process is believed to make the love everlasting.
It is incredibly romantic if not one small downside: there are millions of couples who are in love, which results in enormous quantity of the Love Locks and subsequently extreme amount of weight that damages the structural integrity of the old bridges.
Government authorities are interfering with the romantic Love Lock movement and cutting them down at least once a year. Italy is probably the strictest and there is a high fine for trying to attach a padlock.
So what should romantics do?
They want their Love Locks to last and not be thrown away. How to make the Love last?..Well at least Love Locks last.
The Love Lock concept reminded me of the wishing trees that I have seen in Armenia, where people would wish for love and tie their handkerchief on the tree.
It did not look extremely appealing but provided couples with the comfort of knowing that their love will last. I could not stop thinking about it until I found the Perfect Picture that provided the solution to the issue.
Love Lock Trees!!! Good for lovers, tourists and the government officials!
What do you think? Would you prefer old bridges or trees to immortalize your love ?
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