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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

Valentine 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

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Valentine Cuisine

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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!

Florida Keys Wedding

FLORIDA KEYS WEDDINGS— The ardent sunsets, generous foliage and seemingly endless seas of the Florida Keys & Key West easily entice those pledging or renewing their vows — or simply seeking an island escape following a commitment ceremony. Popular sites for shore-side ceremonies and celebrations include parks, beaches, restaurants, tiki bars and lodging facilities, many offering romance packages. On the high seas, tall ships, sailing vessels, glass-bottom boats and luxury motor yachts are available for reciting “I do,” while offshore islands accessible only by boat exude an exotic ambience and the choice of on-site private homes or luxury hotels.

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Romantic Paris

The favourite city of lovers the world over has become a byword for romance. Every arrondissement has its share of lovebirds meeting for a first date or a Valentine’s Day kiss, and the city is alive with sparks flying between paramours. What could be more romantic than strolling along the banks of the Seine hand in hand with your sweetheart? Paris is a city where everything is possible, and passions come to the fore.

Romantic Paris

Gretna Green

Gretna Green is one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations, hosting over 5000 weddings each year, and one of every six Scottish weddings. Gretna’s famous “runaway marriages” began in 1753 when Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act was passed in England; it stated that if both parties to a marriage were not at least 21 years old, then parents had to consent to the marriage. This Act did not apply in Scotland, where it was possible for boys to marry at 14 and girls at 12 years old with or without parental consent (see Marriage in Scotland). Many elopers fled England, and the first Scottish village they encountered was Gretna Green. The Old Blacksmith’s Shop, built around 1712, and Gretna Hall Blacksmith’s Shop (1710) became, in popular folklore at least, the focal tourist points for the marriage trade.

Gretna Green

Romantic Road, Germany

The Romantic Road passes through the historical cities of Wurzburg and Augsburg, and also through the three medieval walled towns of Nordlingen, Dinkelsbuhl and Rothenbuurg ob der Tauber. One of the main highlights of the Romantic Road has to be Neuschwanstein Castle. A castle built for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, or The Fairy-Tale King as he is also known in 1886. Each year the Castle has over 1 million visitors, over 6,000 a day being guided round the rooms that King Ludwig had designed to hide himself away from the Public. The best view of the castle has to be from The Marienbrücke over the Pöllat Gorge just behind the castle.

The Romantic Road

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