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Paris vs Udaipur: the world’s most romantic locations

Author Alexandra Potter picks her top romantic locations.

Richmond Park, London

Nothing is more romantic than wrapping up warm and walking hand-in-hand with the one you love through the largest of London’s Royal’s parks, home to hundreds of red and fallow deer. This is a truly special place, filled with lakes, woodland and wildlife – and if you’re lucky, you’ll be rewarded with the sighting of one of the park’s majestic stags.

Bike path, Venice, California

‘On yer bike’ might not be your first choice, when you think about how you’d want to spend Valentine’s Day, but trust me, cycling alongside the pacific ocean, with the sun shining, sound of waves crashing and palm trees gently waving in the breeze, is hard to beat. And the best part? It’s totally flat. Which means the only thing that’s going to take your breath away, is when your boyfriend pops the question… (Well a girl can hope!)

A rooftop in Udaipur.

Picture yourself and that special someone, high up on a rooftop in Rajasthan, watching as the sun slowly sets over the lake. Breathe in the heady scent of perfumed oils and exotic spices. Listen to the sounds of children playing in the street below, mixed with the distant sounds of a sitar being played. But high on this rooftop in the middle of India it’s just the two of you, a million miles from everywhere. Magical.

A pub in the Lake District.

Baby it’s cold outside. So cosy up together in front of a roaring log fire in a traditional pub in the Lake District.  Throw in a bottle of wine, some hearty home-cooked food and weary limbs from a day spent hiking in the magnificent countryside and you won’t want to be anywhere else in the whole world.  And neither will any of your friends when they see your envy-inducing instagram photos!

Bookshop in Paris.

It’s hard to choose one spot in a city that’s been dubbed, ‘the most romantic city in the world’. There are the classic spots of course, such as the top of La Tour Eiffel, a boat cruise along the Seine, or one of the many pavement cafes. But nothing can compare to Shakespeare & Company. Literature and lovers have always gone together, so follow in the footsteps of Hemingway, Steinbeck and James Joyce and step into this enchanting bookstore, with it’s labyrinth of floor-to-ceiling book shelves and cosy nooks. Perfect for snuggling up and quoting poetry to each other.


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