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As I ran through the sidewalk tunnel on the right in this image I noticed something odd. At first I was preoccupied in trying to get the shot of the bridge. But then, I walked back to the tunnel entrance to examine the handrails more closely. And as you can see in the picture above, there were glowing pods in the doorway. See them? Looking closer, here’s what I saw.
“What the hell?” I muttered and a voice from behind me said, “You don’t know do you?”
She was smiling at me: A gorgeous blonde in a running suit.
“Um, I’ve got no idea.”
“There’s a legend. No one’s sure where or quite when it started,” she said pleasantly in a New Jersey twang.
“And it involves these locks?”
“Uh-huh,” she fingered the set, testing them, clinking them together. “There are those who believe that if you leave behind a lock that sometime in your life you will return to Florence to unfasten it.”
“There are so many who believe it?”
“More than you can imagine. I saw the police on Friday morning cutting these banisters free.”
“Wow, it’s Sunday morning you mean?”
“Yeah,” she jangled the one cluster and nodded to a larger bunch on the companion railing to her right.” These are from the rest of Friday and yesterday. They grow like barnacles, there are signs all over the city banning them… it drives the cops nuts,” she dropped the locks and started to jog through the tunnel.
“Thanks for the explanation. Um, what part of Jersey you from?”
“Jersey?” She laughed, her voice echoing in the tunnel, “Never been to the States. I’m a Swede.”
Note to follow the Mano A Mano series
As many of you may recall I visited Italy during the first two weeks of October staying the first week in Rome and then for a week in Florence where I met up with Andreas Manessinger for a Mano-A-Mano photo-shoot at sunrise on October 7 starting at the famed Duomo and working our way toward this astonishing Ponte Vecchio bridge (yes I know that is redundant). You can begin this Italian adventure chronologically by clicking here and working your way quickly forward. Of course your thoughts and feelings mean a whole lot so feel free to wade in at any or every point.
Or if you prefer click on the appropriate keywords at the bottom of this page. Clicking on Mano-A-Mano will bring you to the images in the series I did with Andreas which I've so far posted. Enjoy....And For a review of my Florence images click here.