St Valentine’s Day
There is not much that is known about St Valentine even though his name is famous around the world as the saint of love and lovers. The legend surrounding St Valentine is that he was a priest in the reign of Emperor Claudias. Claudias wanted to build up a strong army and believed that unmarried soldiers fought better than married men who missed their wives and children, so he decreed that marriage was to be made illegal. St Valentine, who disagreed with this order, carried on in secret marrying young couples. He was discovered, arrested and sentenced to death. Whilst awaiting his execution he received visits from his jailer’s daughter who was blind. St Valentine prayed daily with the young girl so that her sight might be restored, which it was. He was beheaded on the 14 February 269 AD on the Via Flaminia north of Rome. It is said that he left a note for the young girl saying simply “from your Valentine”.
A few Valentine’s break suggestions
Book a Hotel room and get away from everyone, including the children! Many hotels arrange Valentine breaks which include dinner and a room, often with flowers and champagne in the room on arrival.
Rent a Cottage and really get away from it all. Take a break for a few days and leave your mobile phone switched off too! Take some foodie goodies and champagne with you and head off to a remote cottage with your loved one.
Fly away on a City Break. Book a flight to Paris, Venice, Milan, Barcelona, Verona, Florence, Salzburg take your pick! Pre-book a hotel and whisk your loved one up and away for a romantic break.
Take a romantic Train Journey. Take your pick from old world steam trains to modern day high-speed express trains. Relax and travel in comfort taking in glorious scenery as you by-pass all the traffic
Look out for a Mini Cruise. Step aboard for a break on the waves with your own cabin, dine in comfort in the restaurant and enjoy the fresh sea air or take a river cruise and enjoy the passing scenery.
It is still early enough in the year to take a skiing break. Spend the day in the snow and the evenings in front of a roaring log fire with your loved one, the ultimate romantic break!
Enjoy the open road? then why not hire a Motorhome for a few days and go where the fancy takes you. Bring your dinner, candles, champagne etc with you and find your own view away from the everyday rat race!