Romance, more than a mere expression of love, is about making memories together. If the time has come for the grand gesture of a memorable vacation, here are places you should consider. Not necessarily popular, they will certainly leave a romantic mark in your lives together.
Words: Efi Hafizah Hamzah
For city slicker couples, New York offers a soft side amidst its hustle and bustle. Check out the little roof garden at The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Known as the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, it offers stunning views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Wine and dine your loved one at The Garden’s café and bar, but be sure to book early because the glamour and scenic vista at this spot make it extremely popular. www.metmuseum.org
Tallinn, capital city of Estonia in Northern Europe, is a tableau of picturesque castles, cathedrals and cobblestone streets set in one of the world’s best-preserved medieval towns. Arriving at the city, you will be greeted by the serene sight of Lake Ülemiste, the city’s largest lake. This charming city offers history and old-world romance. There are plenty of romantic dinners to be had in Tallinn, as it offers some of the most interesting restaurants in the Baltic region. It can get very cold here and the best time to travel is in July when it’s sunny yet cool. www.tallinn.ee
Getting There AirAsia flies to Paris and London from Kuala Lumpur. Go to www.airasia.com for flight details. There are easy connecting flights from London and Paris to Tallinn.
The medieval city of Bruges in Belgium is a potent Gothic love spot that is rich in romantic symbols. From its Gothic churches, 17th century mansions to sparkling canals and flower markets, Bruges has the charm of Venice without the crowds. The local government celebrates romance, with a statue near its City Hall that honours couples who have been married there. www.brugesinfo.com
Getting There AirAsia flies to Paris and London from Kuala Lumpur. Go to www.airasia.com for flight details. There are easy connecting flights from these cities to Brussels in Belgium. Bruges is about two hours by train from Brussels.