A giddy triumph of architectural creativity and whimsical dreams over the basic fact that things built into water will eventually sink? Chongqing, China Simon Calder has tried to goad me into nominating Birmingham, knowing that I’ve been there more than once with my boyfriend.
Come in February, and there are fewer visitors – but this is because the wind which whips off the Adriatic will leave your hands so stiff that you won’t be able to pluck that engagement ring from its box.
Similarly, trekking with your loved one to reach the ruins of Machu Picchu at sunrise seems like romantic nirvana—until you find your physical (and relationship) limits tested by being stuck for days in a 12-person group with a case of altitude sickness or vertigo.
Paris, for example, may well have written the book on romance, but it sometimes feels like the clichéd Harlequin variety, especially during summertime around the city’s most famous sights, which lure every lovebird within 10,000 miles.
The dispiriting result is hordes of camera-toting couples, jostling as they attempt to re-create scenes from .
2,000 people were polled, and asked to name the most and least romantic destinations in the U. York Used to be the capital city of Britannia Inferior, under the Romans, and has managed to maintain the kind of industrial links—wool, railways, the Church of England—that only add to the charm of the place. Edinburgh Castles and culture and cuisine and that delightful Scottish burr everywhere you go. Nevertheless the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts stunning architecture. Here’s where you’ll find red squirrels in abundance (North American grey squirrels have taken over most of what habitat there is left for squirrels on the mainland), and the homes of the poets Swinburne and Tennyson, and Queen Victoria’s summer holiday palace. Devon It’s like Cornwall, for people with less time to spend getting there. Slough Struck by the twin arrows of Sir John Betjeman—”come friendly bombs and fall on Slough; It isn’t fit for humans now”—and Ricky Gervais setting there, Slough is considered to be the kind of town that is all sub and no urb. Forever associated in the public imagination with people being comically dim, if you take someone there on a date, romance is unlikely to flower. Scunthorpe The third largest urban conurbation in Lincolnshire, and the kind of town that has been artificially enhanced by industry. Bradford Another industrial town in the North, albeit one with a strong sense of community and some fine old buildings.
K., which is a little unfair, given that it’s unlikely all 2,000 of them have even been to these 20 locations, let along the ones that didn’t make the grade. It’s got hills and lakes and beautiful villages that sell cakes and fresh food. Granted, the festival takes place too late into the year for Valentine’s Day, but it’s still an unforgettable place to visit. There are more corporate central offices there than anywhere outside of London, which is just what every girl wants to hear. Scunthorpe tends to suffer in polls of this nature because it has an unappealing name. It is, however, called Bradford: the place where Brads can cross the river.
Romantic destinations require three key ingredients: beauty, mystery, and a sense of exclusivity.