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Love padlocks (also known as Love Locks) are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts to symbolize their everlasting love.
And Venice is the perfect place to do it
A bit of the History:
Love padlocks have existed for quite some time, though there are no certain sources for their origin. In Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. The reasons love padlocks started to appear vary between locations, and in many instances are unsourced. However, in Rome, the ritual of affixing love padlocks to the bridge Ponte Milvio can be attributed to the book I Want You by Italian author Federico Moccia, who later made it into the film-adaptation Ho voglia di te.
Similarly, an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love—now named after the love padlocks) in Serbia exists, where they can be traced to even before World War I. A local schoolmistress named Nada, who was from Vrnjačka Banja, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with a local woman from Corfu. As a consequence, Relja and Nada broke up their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and after some time she died as a result of her unfortunate love. As young girls from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, together with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet.
Yummy Italian Food
Yummy Italian Ice-Cream!
Hi hi hi
We also visited a very nice exhibition “Future Pass” split in 2 different venues:
Future Pass explores the relationship between the creative energy of contemporary art in Asia and the rest of the world.
Abbazia di San Gregorio
Migrating Era. 2008
Installation, stainless steel
Inside the room:
Kuso – Little Yellow in the Middle of Rice Field. 2007
Single channel video
Here are some photos I took from this show: (you can check all the artists clicking the links I posted above)
We also visited this instalation by Artist Oksana Mas for the Ukrainian Pavilion, titled Post-vs-Proto-Renaissance, is made of coloured Easter eggs
When I was in Cologne, my cousin and her husband took me to see this amazing place. It’s Odonien Biergarten’s workshop. It used to be a scrap yard and now he uses it as his workshop, creating some amazing sculptures out of scrap metal.
Odonien is also a place that offers the independent artists, cultural workers, media activists, scientists and technicians concept developers a space for art, culture and research.
This is a response to Koellner cultural policy and the lack of space for artists to work.
Sometimes they also organize parties in this place.
To find out more about it, visit his website: www.odonien.de
On the way…
I really like the design of this building , for it’s variety of textures, colours and shapes
They were playing very good music. I like it a lot!
My son really enjoyed a ride on the cable car. It crosses the Rhine River. Beautiful ciy, full of trees!
This is the Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom, as it is called in Germany.
A very beautiful cathedral, full of details and very Gothic. I love it!
Aldeia dos Indios Pataxo’
Esta india estava vendendo uns acessorios de cabelo, brincos e colares lindos. E veio vender bem pra mim, que adoro essas coisinhas *~,~*
This girl was selling accessories and I love it!
I was talking to those kids and they were really friendly and smily, I asked to take pictures of them, and they were more than happy to pose for me, but everytime I took the pics, they would stop smiling and look very serious. ;(
I really like this sculptured figures, because it is really raw and made with simple construction materials, from building work.
Museu Indigena – Indigenous Museum
They were made of recycling bins.
Armadilhas usadas pelos indios para cacar animais.
It was used by the indigenous people to catch the animals.
Indigenous people’s Fair
I LOVE this guy’s body painting!
Aldeia dos indios Pataxo’
This is the 4th oldest church in Brazil.
On the way back, going to the airport, we nearly missed our flight, because there was a protest on the streets. The teachers were asking their pay rises that they supposed to have received by the end of 2010. The bus driver was telling me that they asked the indigenous people to help because if the teachers were protesting by themselves, the police would get involved and remove them from the streets. But because the Indigenous people were there as well, then, the police can not get involved, because the Indians are patrimony of the country, they had to wait for FUNAI (National Indian Foundation) to deal with it.
Even though I nearly missed my flight, I was really excited to be able to see the indians dancing in real life! But at the same time I was really praying for that dance not to be a rain dance, because it was so hot and I was loving the weather
The kids were really nice and they asked to take a picture with me! In the same time that they were interesting and different to me, I was really different to than too, a japanese looking girl with blue hair!!! Maybe they though I was a bird!
Going to Porto Seguro, Bahia.
This beach is called Coroa Vermelha, It is the site where the Portuguese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral first set foot on Brazilian soil on April 22, 1500.
This is Barramares Beach, Porto Seguro.
I love to drink coconut water, so this place was perfect for me, surrounded by coconut trees
We ate cocoa, it’s really yummy and sweet.
This is a jamborao tree.
This is a fruit called jamborao, very tasty and sweet. My son really loves it.
This is Village Beach, in Porto Seguro.
My son asked me to take a picture of this bee and share in my blog
Just got back from my home town, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
We had an amazing time, we went there for 3 weeks , so many things has happened whilst we were there, that it felt like we were there for longer than that
At the airport, while we were waiting for our flight, we could see the ‘Supermoon’
The phrases written on the back of the trucks, in Brazil are hilarious! This one I spotted on the way to visit my uncle.
After visiting my uncle, my son now has decided, he wants to be a pilot when he is older
We were really lucky, my uncle had some free time to take us for a ride! My son loved it!!!! And as he sat on the front of the plane, he thought that he was the pilot!!! Bless him! *~,~*
The Butcher’s Shop
There are a lot of meat drying on the balconies of the flats.
Among all the futuristic and modern buildings, there are a lot of clothes everywhere hanging on the streets.
Taking their dogs to the park.
Playing cards and Mahjong.
The Robotic Family
Phone Chargers on the Streets
A Kiosk that sells lottery tickets
Shabu Shabu Master
I normally try and eat all the different food from different countries and cultures, but this was really smelly, just to get near it to take this photo made me feel really sick, so I couldn’t eat it. ;0
They were selling it for the Chinese New Year, they believe it brings you luck.
This is the tiniest little shop I’ve ever seen.
This is the front door of a Magician Club in Zhou Zhuang, China.
These shops were everywhere, reproductions of famous chinese artist’s paintings. I think if I saw copies of my paintings everywhere, it would make me feel sick. ;0
You can find masks from any chinese/japanese cartoon characters in this shop.
I sat down with the owner of the shop to try different types of tea, in a nice cosy area, it was like a tea ceremony and, of course, her method worked and I bought a few
This was insane, an aquarium with a massive turttle and sharks as the front window of a shop, they certainly got the attention of the public.