In the Mood for Love
In your daydreams, do you ever picture yourself and your loved one, drifting along in a gondola as the sun slips lower in the evening Venice sky? Or perhaps your mood is for a holiday of love, sampling the dizzy heights of a Swiss mountain resort.
Are you looking for that perfect destination for love? If so, come along and enjoy the most romantic destinations in the world.
The Great Barrier Reef Australia
The Great Barrier Reef which stretches 2300 kms along the Queensland coast, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It has wonderful warm water and boasts an incredible diversity of animal life, contained in not only the reef structure itself, but due to plentiful wildlife like: dolphins, whales and more than 1,500 fish species.
The natural environment around the reef is breathtakingly beautiful, with lots of tropical islands and secluded places to stay, which are suitable for romantics and beauty lovers.
There are many deserted beaches and shady palm trees, where you can while away the days, soaking up the sun. Or perhaps you prefer scuba-diving, snorkelling, sailing, or taking a cruise in a glass bottom boat.
Tourism around the reef is mostly ecologically sustainable, in order to protect the fragile environment. However it is still possible to take a helicopter ride, enjoy a romantic evening dinner cruise and retreat to your luxury villa for a private massage.
Sunset strolls, nights relaxing by the pool while sipping fruity cocktails, are all part of the romantic Barrier Reef experience.
Santorini, Greek Island
Santorini is known as the most romantic of the Greek islands. With sparkling clear water, long sandy beaches and a backdrop of dramatic volcanic mountains, Santorini is a place of heart stopping beauty.
There is so much to do and see here. You can hit the beach, explore quaint villages and sample the local cuisine.History buffs can wander about Hellenistic and Roman ruins and remnants of Bronze Age civilization .
Santorini is also famous for Summer Lovers the 1982 film, starring Daryl Hannah and Peter Gallagher.
Niagara Falls is the collective name for three water falls, which occupy the border the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York.
The falls, created when glaciers receded at the end of the last ice age, are a destination of outstanding natural beauty. The awe-inspiring power of Niagara falls, has inspired many people, from: writers, artists and film makers and yet romance can also be found here, in the midst of this breathtaking wonder of nature.
Nighttime is the perfect time for a moonlit walk about the illuminated falls. Or why not plan a dinner at the revolving restaurant, overlooking the stunning Niagara Falls view?
Beautiful and unique Venice; is there anywhere else quite like it? Laden with drama, art and culture, Venice really has something for almost everyone. Why not take a gondola ride, explore the beautiful historical churches, lose yourself in the winding lanes, cuddle on the top of yet another bridge, sample the coffee and cakes at the delightful cafés, or spend a night at La Fenice, Venice's stunning opera house. And then there is always shopping. later in the evening, sip red wine at an intimate little bacaro.
Rio de Janeiro, BrazilCredit: wikipedia
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil. Sporting about 80 kilometres of beaches, such as the celebrated Copacabana, world-class hotels and stunning views of Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains, Rio is definitely a romantic destination.
Rio is surrounded by distinctively shaped mountains, such as Corcovado (The Hunchback) and the bay has about 130 islands dotted about. A huge religious statue presides over the city, with arms outstretched, standing 130 feet (40m) tall. Romantics however may choose to ride the cable car up to the top of top of Sugarloaf Mountain, to view the city that Charles Darwin said: "Every form, every shade, so completely surpasses in magnificence all that the European has ever beheld in his own country, that he knows not how to express his feelings. The general effect frequently recalled to my mind the gayest scenery of the Opera-house or the great theatres."
Paris, FranceCredit: wikipedia
Paris the capital of France is located on the river Seine and it has a well deserved, worldwide reputation, as a city of romance. Wandering around Paris is a dream. Travel along the Champs-Élysées with its cinemas, cafés and up market shops. Then make your way down Avenue Montaigne to buy some article by Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Fendi or perhaps Valentino. Stop by Montmartre and watch the artists; visit the beautiful Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. But don't forget the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, the Eiffel Tower and of course the Louvre, to view great art. Beauty, history, shopping and art: How romantic!
Fiordland, New Zealand
This is a truly beautiful spot on the planet. And it is where Middle Earth was located during the filming of Lord of the Rings. With pristine beauty and astonishing vistas of natural wonder, the area is also heavily forested.
This area is one of the least explored areas of New Zealand, however it is possible to stay at various campsites or huts which are set up at remote locations for hikers. After a day in the wilderness, unroll your sleeping bag, light the fire and tell ghost stories. However there are also overnight river cruises available, for those who require more creature comforts.
County Kerry, Ireland
County Kerry, an area of wonderful natural beauty, is located in the province of Munster. Kerry has plenty to boast about, with beautiful scenery, historic sites and an interesting and rich culture. Nature lovers can visit the Killarney National Park, where there are beautiful lakes, forests and red deer. History lovers can tour medieval churches and the ruins of ancient castles, like Ballycarbery Castle, which overlooks the sea. A Boat trips out to the scenic Skellig islands, is also a brilliant idea.
Isle of Lewis, Scotland
The Isle of Lewis is the largest island of the Western Isles or Outer Hebrides, part of Scotland. It is a place where you can find golden eagles, seals and red deer and it is also a mystical place rich with myths and legends. Many come to see the ancient Callanish Stones, built between 2900 and 2600 BC, where according to local beliefs, the "shining one" walked at sunrise on midsummer morning.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. The area consists of 1000's of limestone islands, covered by dense jungle. There are many breathtaking caves full of stalactites and stalagmites and other amazing rock formations to see. Why not visit and take a leisurely cruise on the bay?
Ho Chi Minh said of Ha Long Bay:
"It is the wonder that one cannot impart to others"
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