Travel theme: Romance

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.

Piazza del Popolo, fountain, Rome, Italy, travel, photography, travelogue, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney

carnival mask, venetian, Rome, Italy, travel, travelogue, photography, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney

coffee, caffe latte, italian coffee, Rome, Italy, photography, travel, travelogue, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney

Pincio Gardens, Rome, Italy, Piazzale Napoleone I, travel, travelogue, photography, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney

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 me!

xxx Ailsa

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.” – Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

“Romance is everything.” – Gertrude Stein

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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115 Responses to Travel theme: Romance

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  6. zuludelta45 says:

    I’m not sure if it was true, but the best line from Geoffrey Chaucer came in the movie A Knights Tale……” I shall eviscerate you in fiction”………what was true? I liked your post! Zulu Delta

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  8. K2 in Canada says:

    Now that was a challenge for a practical person :-). But I found some good examples after all.

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  10. suej says:

    Well, here’s mine, Ailsa…you can decide whether the Travel aspect is too tenuous! :

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  14. What a timely subject Alisa. 🙂 I have an image of my husbands grandparents to share after a picnic in the park 90 years ago:

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  17. kerlund74 says:

    Rome is a fantastic city, a great choice:) Here is my entry:

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  19. Ahhh … Romance is in the air in February. I think we should be romantic all the time.
    Hope you enjoy my entry. Ailsa.
    Thanks for hosting.

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  25. Dauw says:

    Romance, while roaming in the ancient city of the Romans it couldn’t be more obvious, this week ‘s theme…

    This is my contribution, Ailsa

    but in order to show you how inspiring this theme really was to me, I have two others as well : and

  26. DagEnDauw says:

    Could it be, my first reaction just disappeared? (In that case here ‘s a second try …)

    Romance, while roaming in the ancient city of the Romans it couldn’t be more obvious this week‘s theme…

    Here’s is my contribution, Ailsa :

    but in order to show you how inspiring this theme really was to me, I have two others as well : and

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  29. Amy says:

    Hi Ailsa, Here is my entry for the beautiful theme:
    Thank you!

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  32. Here’s my always unique take on the theme. Thanks!

    –Love and Liberation–

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  34. Lovely photos. I’m hoping to get to Rome one day soon. Here’s a romantic photo from my visit to Venice.

  35. ninano says:

    A purple romance with a sumptuous bedspread from Turkey.

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