The Most Romantic Place To Visit

Old Apr 24th, 2000, 10:04 PM
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The Most Romantic Place To Visit

Where's the most romantic place you've ever visited!? I've been to Greece, Spain, Portugal, the U.K., Italy, S. Africa and Zimbabwe . . . and I'm looking for the perfect place to celebrate my 35th birthday!
I'd love some suggestions!
Old Apr 25th, 2000, 07:42 AM
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In a word, Venice!....I assume you're going with someone! I would imagine it could be very depressing if you are alone!
Old Apr 25th, 2000, 07:59 AM
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Agrigento on Sicily. Sitting under the stars at the Villa Athena having dinner by candlelight in the Valley of the Temples, all the temples beautifully lit with their sort of amber lights. The smell of the almond blossoms was in the air. I can still close my eyes and relive it!!
Old Apr 25th, 2000, 11:08 AM
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Venice or Paris, either alone or with someone. I've done each under both conditions.
Old Apr 25th, 2000, 12:55 PM
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Laurie, I will offer two places that
captured my imagination. Try Santorini,
especially Oia, and the real sleeper is
Lake Orta NW of Milan-both are magical.
Old Apr 26th, 2000, 08:40 PM
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Old Apr 28th, 2000, 08:35 PM
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I HAVE TO SAY PARIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am a diehard romantic and Paris is the place. You could also go to Venice from there for the weekend, it rates second in my book. Just don't go during the boat races it will be to crowded.
Old Apr 29th, 2000, 08:26 AM
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I could spend weeks by myself in London but two hours alone in Paris are horrid....but with my husband, yes, that works, so I guess Paris is romantic.
Bob, would you please tell us more about Lake Orta near Milan. That's a new one to me. Thanks.
Old Apr 29th, 2000, 08:47 AM
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Kay, Lago Orta is very special--perhaps
my favorite romantic spot in Europe.
It is about 15 miles west of Stresa and
makes a great base to explore the
western Lakes. You can see it at this
site I have been there 3
times and love it more each time. It has
several good hotels---the San Rocco is
the only 4 star but the Hotel Orta is
a jewel--a bit tattered but oozes charm.
The Oglina family are great hosts. Trust
me on this--see Lago Orta.
Old Apr 29th, 2000, 02:09 PM
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Definitely Paris. The soft-lit romantic restaurants where dining never seems to end! Seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up behind the buildings on an evening stroll. People watching by the Seine. It's by far my favorite city...but I haven't been to Venice yet.
Old Apr 30th, 2000, 07:06 PM
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Old May 1st, 2000, 05:42 AM
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as far as a city: paris

as far as an island: santorini
Old May 1st, 2000, 08:33 AM
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To Bob the Nav: Lake Orta has a compelling web site. The area looks delicious. How would you compare it to the more famous lakes east of there--in beauty, expense, heavenliness, etc? Our next trip is to northern Italy so Lake O might make the list!
Old May 1st, 2000, 04:55 PM
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Kay, It has a more mystical quality to it--hard to describe. Much smaller and more intimate. Also, it is so close to
Lago Maggiore that you can and should do
Stresa et al from here. I love Como, but
I like this area better. Read about the
Sacro Monte shrine to St. Francis on the hill above town. And, you are :45
from Malpensa--hard to beat.
Old May 1st, 2000, 05:23 PM
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Without a doubt - PARIS. If you'd like some details if you decide to go, please feel free to e-mail me separately.

Also, if you are looking for tropical rather than city, the Big Island of Hawaii and in particular, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and its CanoeHouse restaurant...the most romantic dinner we've ever had was there.
Old May 1st, 2000, 08:13 PM
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Hi, Laurie
Okay, so Paris is hard to beat (we prefer winter) but good old NYC can be pretty compelling, too. I guess romance is something which can happen in all sorts of places (I remember a mosquito-y night in a tent in Alaska, but that's another story...)

REALLY want to second Jen on the Mauna Lani and Canoe House. And while Acapulco has its negatives, the Las Brisas hotel (one pool per casita, fresh flowers floating, invisible staff) is just fine, thank you.

Then there's the Cote d'Azur, especially the smaller towns. Oh yeah.

Old May 1st, 2000, 11:29 PM
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My all time favorite romantic place is the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia. We stayed at a lodge miles from anywhere and ate under the stars with all sorts of wonderful tropical animals scurrying around the peripheral area. The beaches were amazing!

But if it's European city then I would have to vote for Paris!

And for a more rural setting-anywhere on top of a mountain, after hiking all morning with a picnic.

Old May 9th, 2000, 06:34 PM
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For a memorable 35th birthday that is absolutely unforgettable, I'd have to say Iceland.

I met my husband here, in fact, while visiting. You'll have plenty of chances to cuddle since it is cold so often, and the landscapes are breathtaking-so fresh!

There's nothing better than viewing the glacier together at sunset. It's so beautiful!

If you will be visiting in high summer, you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight--the midnite sun, as they call it.

There are also many gothic scenes here, that I think would be romantic settings. Viewing waterfalls near craggy rocks on a cloudy day, feeling the sharp wind whip in your face. Snuggling close to your companion...well, just an idea!

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