Springtime is for romance
It may be a cliché but springtime and romance often go together like peanut butter and jam. Spring is the time for new life and new beginnings, so it's perfect for blossoming a new romance or recommitting to the love of your life. If you're thinking about whisking your sweetheart away on a romantic trip, these destinations are sure to get your heart racing.
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There’s no better time for romantics to visit Japan than during sakura (cherry blossom) season. During March and April, the Japanese have a tradition called hanami, which simply means 'cherry blossom viewing'. The blossoms are in full bloom for a week or so each year, so timing is everything. There's even a cherry blossom blooming forecast to help you plan your trip. Picnicking, row boating along the Chidorigafuchi moat at Tokyo Imperial Palace and strolling through cherry tree-lined paths are favourite hanami activities for visitors and locals alike. The Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo is close to the Higashi-Ginza train station, which will take you to the best places to see the cherry blossoms.
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Some say springtime in Paris is a cliché and others say it's perfect. The truth is, the spring weather makes it a great time to visit the City of Love. Starting in March, France's most-loved city comes alive again as the days become warmer and longer. A walk or bike ride along the Seine River is a great way to begin a rendezvous with your lover. Afterwards, a picnic at the public garden, Jardin des Tuileries, which is about a kilometre from the Millennium Hotel Paris Opéra will set the mood for love. From there, go on a playful treasure hunt at the Louvre for some fun and adventure at Paris's famous museum.
Italian legend says if you stand with your back to the Trevi Fountain and use your right hand to toss a coin over your left shoulder, a safe return to the eternal city is guaranteed. On the right side of the main fountain sits a smaller fountain, affectionately known as the fountain of lovers. This legend says couples who drink from here will always be faithful to each other. Afterwards, relax together in the private waters of your own bathtub in the Signature Suite at the nearby Grand Hotel Palace.
Massachusetts' capital city may not immediately pop to mind when you think of romance but there are a few reasons why it should. Flowers and romance have always had a blossoming connection, so a good way to impress your sweetheart is with some floral inspiration. Boston's Public Garden is perfect for strolling hand in hand with your honey. Established in 1837 as America's first public botanical garden, it’s well regarded as the city's best attraction. Another drawcard to the east coast city is the local seafood. Enjoy a seafood dinner on the patio at The Bostonian Boston's North 26 Restaurant and Bar before a romantic evening listening to the sounds of the Boston Symphony Orchestra or a dramatic performance at the Boston Opera House.
Wherever your passport and heart may take you and your beloved, springtime is a great time to grow or rekindle your romance.