If the most romantic day in the retail calendar has got you thinking about getting down on one knee, we suggest seven really romantic places to do it – all within cheap flight range, mind you. Save your cash for the reception.
1. Paris, France from £51
Where else? Tom Cruise might have spoiled it ever so slightly by proposing to Katie up the top of the Eiffel Tower (and look how that ended), but Paris is still unquestionably the City of Love. Speaking from personal experience, it’s better to propose on a street corner in St Germain. The big moment was meant to be on the Île St. Louis, but a drunk and a one-footed pigeon stood (somewhat shakily) in the path of true love.
2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands from £44
Being as Amsterdam is the City of Diamonds, you’re in the right place for scoping out a ring. It could be argued that The Dam is a fair city of lust, so it would probably be advisable to avoid the Red Light District if you're looking for that perfect bridge-and-canal combo for getting down on one knee. Get merry on wonderful witbier in a cosy ‘brown café’ (traditional, atmospheric old man’s pubs) in the Jordaan, and when she (or he) is feeling all warm and fuzzy (from the beer), ask ‘how’s about it then, babe?’
3. Verona, Italy from £63
Ah, the fair city of Verona, where Romeo fancied Rosalind but forgot all about her sharpish when his eyes met Juliet’s across a crowded fish tank and he thought ‘phwoarr, I’ll have some of that’. Alas, as we all know, it wasn’t to be for the star-crossed pair, but hopefully a romantic trip to Verona will end in ‘I do’ rather than ‘a curse on both your houses’.
4. London, England from £41
Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed. Hopefully it will be raining kittens and puppies so you can re-create that scene from Four Weddings and a Funeral when Hugh Grant asks Andie McDowell not to marry him. Find a posh street of white-washed houses off the Kings Road like in the film, and you can say proudly say your marriage was ‘made in Chelsea’ (ha, ha!). Kristen Scott Thomas was way nicer, but that’s beside the point.
5. Paphos, Cyprus from £81
Being a goddess of love must give you at least a small step up on the ladder of love. You'd have the pick of every bronzed Adonis strutting his stuff down the local disco. Unfortunately for Aphrodite, she didn't hang out in discos but whacked all her chips on some random bloke she met at the swimming pool. But hopefully your love will last for ever if you propose at the spot where she met the man of her dreams - the Adonis Baths.
6. Kissing, Germany from £75
Geddit? Pick up a pair of cheap flights to Munich and whisk the love of your life off to this appropriately-named municipality in Bavaria. Don’t get confused with nearby Bad Kissingen, unless your intended has a particularly well-developed sense of humour and hasn’t in fact been pining for a proposal in Paris. Otherwise she or he may be giving you the kiss-off.
7. Rome, Italy from £54
Recreate the touching scene from Disney classic Lady and the Tramp where Lady and, er, Tramp, slurp spaghetti to the tune of Bella Notte. This dogs' tale is set in New England, but it really should be Rome, so why not share your own intimate moment with pasta? Yes, they’re dogs, so public displays of affection could be considered distasteful, but it’s so cute! He even gives her the last meatball, and if that’s not love, what is?