Thirty five meters above the sparkling blues of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik lovers are pledging their love with Lock Locks – the declaration of eternal love.
Even more dramatic is the location of the fledgling love lock wall, high about the waters that have been crashing the coastline for centuries, making the location an even greater symbol of strength and persistence, of the eternal love to which the lovers have pledged.
The Dubrovnik Love Locks first started to appear in February of 2012 – the world wide phenomenon only just beginning to take shape in the area. When I first asked the tour guide from inside the walled city how to find Boninovo, home to the love locks, she asked why I wanted to see the cemetery. When I explained that I was looking for the love locks, she pointed me out through the Pile Gate – following the main road along the Dubrovnik coast for less than 1 km. The views as I went in search of the love locks were beautiful – such a dramatic location to declare ones undying love and devotion!
As the tradition holds, the keys to the locks are flung into the sea – the pact of love sealed with the crashing waves. What could be more romantic?
The love lock movement is growing. I recently read about love lock trees being erected as the desires of lovers young and old continue to grow the trend to declare ones love so symbolically. Other sites around the world include:
- Huangshan, China
- Rome (Ponte Milvio) and Florence, Italy
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Moscow, Russia (on tree like structures)
- Cologne, Germany
- Paris, France (Pont de l’Archaveche and Pont des Arts)
- Montevideo, Uruguay
- Seoul, South Korea
- Lovelock , Nevada (what a perfect town name – only an hour outside of Reno)
People rushed past the Dubrovnik wall as they got on with their day. With so few locks, it went barely noticed. As I stopped to photograph the locks, a couple stopped to look – not sure what the locks were about, they spoke briefly and moved on, unaware of the symbolism of what they just saw. Will the Dubrovnik Love Lock wall become the source of inspiration as others around the world? With such a dramatic backdrop, I can not see a more symbolic location! Only time will tell.
What about you? Have you been to any of the walls that are appearing throughout Europe and the world? Have you added your declaration of love, and as with the tradition, thrown away the key?
Love Locks Links:
LoveLocks in the UK has a lovely collection of personalized locks available to mark your enduring love and devotion including locks that only lock the one time. The Tree of Life Ceremony is another way to pledge your lifelong commitment on your wedding day, a symbolic action of the vows taken and precious reminder of your commitment to one another.
Lonely Planet lists love locks as one of the top 5 travel gifts – for the romantic of course!