During Russia Cruise you will learn many Russian customs and traditions. One of the traditions is the Locks of Love. Just married Russian couples assumed a long-standing tradition of Italian weddings. They would hang a padlock on bridge after inscribing their name or initials on it and throw the key away so that their love is locked forever. Some couples use two inter-twined locks, each lock bearing their name/initials. Besides lovers, family members and close friends also put such locks at these places, to lock their relationship forever. love lock
You will embark on the Russia Cruise in Moscow, where city officials have built a romantic pedestrian crossing over the Moscow River Canal and installed special iron trees for such love locks. Couples write their names on a padlock, attach it to the tree and lock it.
Next stop on your Russia cruise is Yaroslavl. In the year 2010 the city celebrated its millennium. Yaroslavl is famous for the beauty of its embankments. The Volga and Kotorosl embankments from the Church of Elijah the Prophet back to the Transfiguration Monastery make a wonderful 1.5 km walk. On the way, you’ll be able to enjoy the view of the Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker, one of Yaroslavl’s first stone churches, built in 1622. There is a gazebo on Volga’s embankment where Yaroslavl newlyweds come to have a glass of champagne and fasten their lock of love and throw the key in the Volga River.
Volga River Russia cruise visits Kostroma, where the streets fan out from a central square in a classical 18th and 19th century layout where you can see medieval peasant homes and the golden dome of Ipatievsky Monastery as well as the museum.In Kostroma wedding love locks decorate the bridge across Kostroma River, connecting Berogovaya street and Yuri Erohova street.
In Kiev you will find love locks on a pedestrian bridge over Volodymyrsky uzviz near the National Philharmonic building and in Odessa on the “Mother-in-law” bridge.