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Romantic Melbourne: Love Locks

Melbourne love lock 1A few days ago, I walked over the Yarra Footbridge connecting Southbank to the Flinders Street station and discovered the bridge has become a new Love Lock location.

Love Locks – the phenomenon of people inscribing padlocks with their initials and those of their honey –  pop up all over the world. The practice is rumoured to have begun in Italy, in tribute to Federico Moccia’s novel ‘Three Meters Above the Sky’, but they exist in France, Germany, the USA and other countries as well.

Lovers in Sydney have been asked to remove their locks from the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the basis that this demonstration of their passion poses a safety risk. The City of Melbourne intends to have engineers check out the footbridge to determine whether too much love can be a dangerous thing.

Melbourne love lock 2

Over on the other side of the country, the Bell Tower in Perth (which traces the practice to China)  casts a kindlier eye on loving hearts, and has made an area available for Love Locks. Well, you have to buy a $30 lock from them first, so perhaps their idea of romance is a bit more focused on commerce, but at least you’ll know your lock won’t be cut down, and you’ll get a memorial folder of the occasion.

I’ve seen a great drooping metal shrubbery of them on a fence in Pécs, Hungary, the first time I’d encountered the phenomenon, though I’d read of it before.

Hungary (2)

Wikipedia of course provides a lot of information about Love Locks and any related controversy.

In the end, whether it’s a public safety hazard or a wonderful, whimsical, glorious way to declare and celebrate your love (or both!) it’s true that lovelocked bridges, gates and fences grow like vines as testaments to a moment in time when love lasts forever.

Have you seen (or attached) Love Locks? Share your stories (and pictures) with Adventurous Hearts!


Do you know of a romantic Melbourne experience? Let me know and I will selflessly explore it. SELFLESSLY.

In the meantime, read my erotic spy thrillers set in Melbourne and Brisbane: Double Edged and Expendable!

Quintette of Questions: Viveka Portman

Quintette asks writers five quick questions. This week’s interview is with Viveka Portman!

Viveka Portman

Wicked Confessions1.     What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton. It wasn’t hard to chose a title: all my stories are diaries or confessions of a particular character so the titles evolve naturally.

2.     If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

I think Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian/Dorian Grey) would make a lovely Lord Stanton. He’d have to smile more though, because Lord Stanton is quick to laugh.

3.     What five words best describe your story?

Is four OK? Different, Sexy, Regency, Diary.

4.     Who is your favourite fictional couple?

I absolutely adore Mr Theophilus Mirkwood and Martha Russell in A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant. It is currently my favourite book. They are the most unlikely of couples but the author simply makes it work – and has recreated the regency norms beautifully. I highly recommend it!

5.     What song always makes you cry?

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack. It’s beautiful, and perpetually on my muse-music list.

About Viveka:

Viveka PortmanViveka Portman  has  bachelor degree in anthropology and uses it to weave historical fact into fiction and create lively, realistic and thrilling tales, sure to titillate and engage the most discerning reader. Considered an upstanding member of society, Viveka does not make a habit of eavesdropping, gossiping or making vulgar displays of impropriety — except, that is, in writing.

The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton is due for release 1st December 2013 – but is up for pre-order at:

Would you like to answer a Quintette interview? Email me at nmharrisheart@gmail.com!