It’s coming up to Valentine’s Day (as all you lovebirds know) so we did a quick survey around the office to find out what our staff thought was the most romantic city in the world.
So where would our crew (who have been everywhere) like to visit for Valentine’s Day?
Although Venice, Rome, London and Amsterdam (?!) were all mentioned, two cities came out on top: Paris and New York.
Here, two Abbey Travel-ers will defend their reasons for picking their chosen cities. Who wins? Which city is more romantic? You decide…
On Valentine’s Day, Paris is the most romantic city to visit
For the ultimate romantic city break, it has to be Paris. Paris, also known as the city of lights, has been voted the top romantic destination in the world many times over. And I believe it is the place to go if you want to sweep a loved one off their feet.
I first wanted to go to Paris when I saw the film Something’s Gotta Give. It looked fabulous; spending hours sitting in a candle lit restaurant, being served an endless stream of wine, food and cakes. This was followed by a romantic stroll through moonlit Paris looking out over the Seine where Jack Nicholson declared his love for Diane Keaton.
My own trip to Paris with my boyfriend at the time was so much better. For one, he actually proposed, under the Arc de Triomphe which was incredibly romantic. Secondly, the three days that we were there were filled with the best food in the world, the best wine in the world and many gorgeous moonlit walks through meandering, quaint Parisian streets. All that was missing was the French music, but it was playing in our heads…
New York is the most romantic city on Valentine’s Day
If you don’t want to do the clichéd “Oh you guys are going to Paris” thing (believe us we know what that’s like—everyone expects a proposal) then maybe New York is for you.
What’s romantic about New York? I hear you ask. Isn’t it crazy busy with traffic and people? Isn’t it littered and filthy, and isn’t the subway horrible and covered in graffiti? Well no actually, it isn’t.
New York has seen a considerable change since 2001. Talk to any New Yorker and they will tell you that the city’s residents came together like never before to make New York the greatest city in the world. New Yorkers are incredibly proud of their city and love to direct tourists to where the best restaurants and bars are. Oh and they speak English!
The city that never sleeps is brimming with romance. Many romantic films have been set here: remember that restaurant scene in When Harry met Sally? Well it’s not quite like that, but the food in New York is exceptional and there is a romantic restaurant to suit every taste.
During the day, you can’t beat a New York deli sandwich shared on a picnic blanket over-looking the lake in Central Park. You could also follow up by taking a horse-drawn carriage ride (don’t forget to tip!) around Central Park with the two of you wrapped up under a blanket.
For me though, the best part of New York was walking over the Brooklyn Bridge with my hubbie re-declaring our love for one another like Miranda and Steve in the Sex & the City movie—we’ve since decided to renew our vows!
The World’s Most Romantic City: You Decide
We think both are compelling arguments for that ongoing argument as to which city is the most romantic, but only you can decide for yourself by going there with your partner.
Which city do you think is the most romantic aside from Paris and New York?
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