Have you ever seen a Lock Bridge?
I hadn’t even heard about these special bridges until our daughter visited Vienna, Austria on a Summer Abroad program through her university this past summer. While Adri was there, she took a train to Salzburg, where she came across street musicians performing on the city’s famous “Lock Bridge.”
Being a hopeless romantic, I wanted to start this tradition in my town. Gwynly and I frequently walk on our local El Dorado Trail. The renovated century-old railroad trestle bridge on our favorite section with its wire frame fence seemed a fitting spot to hang a lock.
Since Gwynly and I celebrated our twenty-fifth anniversary last December, I decided that would be the perfect day to place our lock on the bridge. I had the brass lock engraved ahead of time and pulled it out of my bag when we reached the middle of the bridge, taking Gwynly by surprise as planned.
The tradition is to click the lock onto the bridge and throw away the key, symbolically locking your love. Gwynly and I did just that.
I’d hoped to be the first couple to add a lock to the bridge, but another lock appeared before ours. I decided that was a good thing, since it meant others liked the idea.
Every time I pass the spot, I look at our lock and think about Gwynly. I also check to see if any other locks have been added. This past Valentine’s Day, a third lock appeared, showing that the idea of locking in your love is catching on. That brings a smile to the face of this romantic.
Questions for You
Have you ever seen a Lock Bridge? If so, where?
If you were to place a lock on a bridge, what bridge would you choose?
What special event might you celebrate by adding a lock to a Lock Bridge?
In order to devote more time to my writing, I’m changing my blogging
schedule. I’ll publish one weekly post on Fridays.
My posts will normally relate to romance, reading, or writing,
unless I have something special to share.