The first mention of Valentine’s Day as a celebration of romantic love dates all the way back to 1382 when Geoffrey Chaucer penned his ‘Parlement of Foules’ and that well known verse “Roses are red, violets are blue” had its first outing in 1590 in Edmund Spenser’s ‘Faerie Queene’:
“She bath’d with roses red, and violets blew,
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.”
Nowadays, Valentine’s Day has been co-opted by big business and all of the romance that once existed has long since been traded for consumerism. This year maybe we could eschew the boxes of overly sweet candy and the Hallmark cards with soulless verses and instead, reclaim the romance. What do you find truly romantic – a glance, an unexpected gesture, a stolen kiss?
Rome is one of the world’s greatest romantic cities and it is perhaps the most alluring because it doesn’t show off. There is no fanfare; you make your way through a warren of narrow cobbled streets that stretch for miles and suddenly you round a corner and are faced with the impossibly ancient Parthenon or the utterly romantic Trevi Fountain. I didn’t have to look for the romance in Rome; the romance found me.
I’m hoping you fall head over heels for this week’s theme because I’ve had an awful lot of fun with it. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:
- Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Romance
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.” – Carolyn Gold Heilbrun
“Romance is everything.” – Gertrude Stein
faerie queene ❤
Me too! 🙂
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gorgeous pics, Ailsa. I have to confess that I just posted this in response to WP challenge, but it so fits yours too: http://wp.me/pKVAM-xV – running away to Africa on Valentine’s Day
Wow, wow, wow, Tish, please keep writing this, I was entranced from the very first sentence. I feel like I’ve been given a sneak preview of a great novel and now I’m waiting to read the rest of it. Hypnotic and mesmerising. Please write more.
Very diffulct this week the challenge !!!
Are you still in Rome ?
Please, pull some eggs to our politicians !
Haha, very funny, Max 🙂
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Here is my entry!
For me, the most romantic spot in Rome is on top of the Castel San Angelo, even if it’s where Tosca threw herself into the river.
I only had one shot in this category. . . ;o)
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I was told today (by a lady at work) that I don’t have a romantic bone in my head… or was it hair on my head… so, don’t expect much from me…
Actually, come to think of it… my post today didn’t do too badly… 😉
Hi Ailsa and everybody.
Here my entry
From Venice with love
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Thank you for this lovely challenge Ailsa. Come travel along in search of some romantic spots. http://traveltalesoflife.com/2014/02/14/travel-theme-romance/
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The romance of watching the sunset together… http://windagainstcurrent.com/2014/02/14/travel-theme-romance/
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My story this week is about a Romantic New Year spent hunting for Treasure in Prague: http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/a-romantic-new-year-in-prague/
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Love your entry!
Here’s mine http://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/travel-theme-romance/
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Love the mask:
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Great theme, Ailsa! Here’s my take: http://jenniferkellandperry.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/travel-theme-romance/
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My wife likes me to be romantic. Man, I am 80 years old. lol
I do the usual and she loves it—a romantic card and See’s candy.
I love this theme! This is going to be fun 🙂
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Great topic! See how they celebrated Valentine’s Day and Lantern Festival in China: http://lonnalisawilliams.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/chinas-valentines-day/
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a little bit of love… http://vosperdruiter.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/romance-ailsas-weekly-travel-theme/
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” love he comes & love he tarries
just as fate or fancy carries
longest stays when sorest chidden
laughs & flies when pressed & bidden”
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Great one this week! Here’s mine: http://mysardinianlife.com/2014/02/15/good-morning-moon-over-the-bay-of-asinara/
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Here’s my take on dear… my first entry to the travel theme challenge. great blog BTW. Cheers!
Mine is a bit different I think http://tvortravels.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/travel-theme-romance/