Love Padlocks

I’m in Europe right now on holiday.
I know, how happy am I?

Europe is amazing. It’s old and filthy and full of cool shit, and totally fabulous.

Have you heard of Love Padlocks?

According to Mr and Mrs Wikipedia, Love Padlocks started in the 1980’s in the Hungarian city of Pecs.

The way it works is that people who are in lurv stop sucking face just long enough to put padlocks onto a fence or some kind of other public statue or fixture or thingy, to symbolise their love.
These are love padlocks in Pecs where it all began:

Isn’t that gorgeous?

Here are more. This one is in Germany:

And I might be wrong, but I think this is at The Great Wall of China:

And these are in Italy, at the end of a pier, on The Statue of Penelope, which appropriately symbolises eternal love.

Here are more, randomly selected from around Europe:

They say you have to write you and your Lurver’s names on the padlock, and then lock your love into eternity:


I’m no romantic, but I think it’s kind of cool.

Perhaps my padlock should read Paige loves being on holiday. Or Paige loves chocolate covered peanuts. Or Paige loves ham and cheese croissants. I haven’t decided which yet.

They’re so oddly beautiful.


I wonder if Monu + Eddi are still together? If they did a padlock they must be. If anyone out there knows them, tell them to give us a shout and let us know.

On second thoughts, I think I’ll do a ‘Paige hearts Europe’ love padlock while I’m here. That’s one love that will always endure.


6 responses to “Love Padlocks”

  1. sham says:

    Nifty blog of note 🙂 Have a chocolate croissant for helping my monday along.

    Also, if you’re going to Rome, go to Giolottis and have the pistachio gelato.
    You will thank me later.

  2. Janaina says:

    I had never heard of these until recently, we ended up with one stuck on the handle bar of our office entrance and one of my colleagues explained it all to me! Given that I am the only woman in a very male dominated office, and married, there is definitely something the boys are keeping schtum about.

  3. Peatree says:

    I saw a bridge full of these in Riga, Latvia. And I think I might have seen some in Lithuania too.
    Sooooo beautiful in a strange way.

  4. Paige says:

    sadly not going to Rome, sham. Next time. More reason to come back next year.
    Jainina, was it in sa? Will have to keep an eye open.

    Peatree amazing how ugly can so often be beautiful, hey

  5. Gail says:

    OH WOW that is amazing, I love it and you have to leave one! Paige hearts all y’all mofos! 🙂

  6. liquid pixel says:

    Are you going to Florence by any teeny chance? I know there’s just loads to comment on here – & I too find the whole thing strangely beautiful – but did no-one else find the ‘Hungarian city of Pecs’ amusing???

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