When we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time in 2009, there were no love locks. This time around, we noticed hundreds of padlocks ceremoniously hooked on the bridge. The trend has gained momentum since first starting here in 2011, after immigrating from Europe, where this has long since been a tradition. This grand romantic gesture has been very popular in Italy for years, when a book by Federico Moccia, Ho Voglia di Te, featured a couple locking their love padlock onto a bridge in Florence and throwing the key into the water, thus locking their love forever.
The first time we noticed them was in Cinque Terre, when we walked the Via dell ‘amore (The Path Of Love) between the picturesque coastal villages of Monterosso and Manarola. Now bridges from Cologne to Prague to Paris, and even as far as China and Taiwan, are locked with love. We even stumbled across an entire fountain covered in love padlocks in Montevideo, Uruguay a couple of months ago.
We might just add a lock of our own to the Brooklyn Bridge, a symbol of our love, love of New York and this incredible spring, so look out for a lock with our names on it next time you’re in the Big Apple.