Compass

Flickr photo of the day: Locks of love

Compass

(Photo: Jordi M.J. / Flickr)

Lovers lock eyes; they lock arms and lips and they also lock … locks.  Modern legend says the custom of writing names on padlocks and clamping them on wrought-iron fences, bridge guardrails and other unmoving and clamp-able objects began in Serbia sometime around World War II.

A young woman named Nadia fell in love with a soldier who went off to fight in Greece. He, of course, fell in love with a Greek woman and broke off his engagement with Nadia and she died of a broken heart. After that, young Serbian couples started writing their names on locks and clamping them on the bridge where Nadia and her boyfriend once met.

Locks by the Mediterranean, photographed by Jordi M.J. near Barcelona, Spain.

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