Flying back from Ibiza I was reading the usually boring, mundane brochures sitting in the pocket in front of you just for something to do to kill a few moments and came across the Love Padlocks pictured in Paris, what a thoughtful idea, I didnt realise that when I would type it into Google it would actually have a Wikipedia entry.....Love Padlocks also known as Love Locks are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture and most often affixed by sweethearts to symbolize their everlasting love.
Love padlocks have existed in quite some time, though there are no certain sources for the origin. In Europe love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s, the reasons for these appearing varies between different 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.
There are also supertitions linked to these love locks, some affixed over cities train stations known as wish locks, local legend holds that the magnetic feild generated by trainspassing underneath will cause energy to accumulate in the loacks and fulfill the wishes.