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248. Lamu Island, Kenya

Lamu Island, located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya is a truly special place. Of course Lamu offers everything you want in a tropical island: white sand beaches, sailing, snorkeling, fishing, seafood… But what makes this island really wonderful is everything else it has to offer. Lamu has a charming old town, a well preserved Swahili settlement, filled with simple architecture, courtyards and carved wood. It’s easy to spend a romantic afternoon wandering the winding alleyways of the old town, visiting the market and heading to a beachside restaurant for some seafood. Or take a romantic sunset cruise along the coast. Truly wonderful. Some of the pics below are from Peponi Hotel, just one example of the lovely accommodation this island has to offer.

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247. Sassi di Matera Albergo Diffuso, Basilicata, Italy

The caves in Matera Italy have been places of dwelling for centuries, In the past the caves were basic even poverty stricken, but today they have been lovingly restored transforming the grottos into simple luxury.  There are 18 cave rooms with romantic lighting, views of the surrounding landscape, free-standing bathtubs and WiFi (it’s not all medieval :)  A truly romantic escape.  (website here)

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65. Balboa Park, San Diego, California, USA

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Beautiful, picturesque, calm, and soothing. I spent the entire day here at Balboa Park with my boyfriend enjoying the gardens, museums, and beautiful San Diego weather. It’s the perfect place for an adventurous, curious, and fun couple to get out and explore everything the park has to offer.

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#2 Seoul, South Korea

Seoul may seem like an unlikely ‘romantic destination’ but there is so much life and energy in this city.  I remember one night in particular when my (then) boyfriend and I had had a bit too much soju to drink and we were running down the streets of Seoul so fast that the lights were a blur and the music from the nori-bhangs was wafting through the air and we stopped and danced slow and close in the busy streets of Seoul and it was lovely, urban romance.

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246. Caño Cristales, Colombia

Well this is a place we’ve never been but it looks so amazing we had to put it out there.  This is the most colorful river in the world but only for a short time throughout the year (roughly September - November) when the aquatic life is in bloom.  It is still a rough, rustic area that was closed to the public for a number of years due to FARC guerrilla activity but opened again in 2009 - it is still strongly recommended to travel with a group.  Despite this, what a wonder of the world a definite spot for the wish list!

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245. Lord Howe Island, Australia

Well if Australia doesn’t have enough stunning beaches on the mainland here is an island a 2 hr plane ride away (from Sydney) with more of it.  This island is really a paradise, they tout being pristine allowing only 400 visitors at a time.  Picture crystal clear water, coral reefs, abundant wildlife and you’re starting to get an idea of this corner of the world.  With no mobile coverage and limited internet access but 11 beaches it’s clear this is a place to slow down.  It’s got something for everyone from bushwalking, diving, boating and tennis - you can see this island in the lap of luxury (capella lodge pictured below) or at more modest places, there really is something for everyone here.

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links to photographers:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertwhyte/6174878065/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertwhyte/6175279334/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40325561@N04/7332028118/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40325561@N04/7331420566/
http://www.lordhowe.com/press/Travel&LivingJun104988.pdf

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#88 Coromandel, New Zealand

In typical New Zealand fashion, Coromandel is an exquisite combination of different landscapes in a small area.  Quaint countryside meets, ocean.  Karst topography, caves and beaches will blow you away with their beauty.  Wander through the surrounding town, play a game of rugby on the beach, have a picnic, watch the sunset.  This place is so unusual and so beautiful - a perfect landscape to explore with a loved one.

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photographers in order:

http://gallery.tracinglight.com/featured/h326dca47#h326dca47
http://gallery.tracinglight.com/featured/h3d46d17e#h3d46d17e
http://www.flickr.com/photos/trevor_page/1452311169/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pluckytree/5176692851/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/aftab/2311669751/

20 most romantic movies

Skip the fancy dinner and cozy up with a movie!(reposted for valentines day!)

With the help of nearly 200 of our followers we have complied a list of the 20 most romantic movies of all time (in order).  Enjoy!

20. The Princess Bride

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19. A Walk in the Clouds

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18. Before Sunrise

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17. What Dreams May Come

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16. Romeo and Juliet (we aren’t sure if most people were referring to the 1996 or the 1968 version but we’ve put the ‘68 title below)

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15. Amélie

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14. The Time Travelers Wife

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13. 500 Days of Summer

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12. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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11. The Holiday

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10. Moulin Rouge

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9. Serendipity

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8. Love Actually

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7. 50 First Dates

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6. Pride and Prejudice

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5.  Casablanca

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4.  P.S. I love you

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3. A Walk to Remember

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2. Titanic

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1. By a landslide!  The Notebook

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THANK YOU TO THE 192 PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED!

HONORABLE MENTION GOES TO (in order):  

The Proposal -Dear John - Say Anything - Letters to Juliet - Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind - Pearl Harbor - Sleepless in Seattle - A moment to Remember - When in Rome - Gone With the Wind - Life is Beautiful - The Bridges of Madison County - Twilight - Memoirs of a Geisha - Beauty and the Beast - Wristcutters: A Love Story - Singing in the Rain - Roman Holiday - Australia - You’ve Got Mail- Pretty Woman - Sabrina - The Wedding Planner - City of Angels - Enchanted - Autumn in NY - In the Mood for Love - The Fountain - Say Anything - Garden State - Her Eyes - Out of Africa - Away we go - Love and Basketball - Across the Universe - Ghost - Heavenly Forest - A millionaire’s first love - Paper Heart - Lost in Translation - Up - The Last Song - Jeux d’Enfants - Atonement - Elegy - The Prince and Me - Bright Star - Sugar - Fur - Only You - Little Mermaid - Pochahontas - 27 Dresses - Nenetter et Boni - Blind - Somewhere in Time - Stardust - Ever After - The Wedding Date)

245. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Is there anything more romantic than roaming the twisted cobblestone streets of a stunning colonial town?  We don’t think so.  This place is just a feast for they eyes with it’s vibrant color palette, old architecture, smells and sounds.  You’ll find markets and horses and cafes.  Wander down to the main plaza and just people watch… there are lots of galleries and fabulous restaurants.  There are also plentiful celebrations/festivals in San Miguel de Allende.  This is a great spot for a romantic getaway.

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244. Belitung, Indonesia

Are you looking for a romantic beach getaway?  Look no further.  Belitung Island is a real paradise, clear waters, white sand beaches… the water is calm and and did I mention clear?.  This is a really magical place of place of relaxation, of huge granite stones… a place of delicious seafood and picturesque settings.  There are surrounding islands to explore as well (Burung, Lengkuas) it is easy to loose track of time here.  If you are looking for a peaceful romantic trip with your loved you’ve found it.

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