The Atlantic recently released their list of the top 24 most romantic cities in the world. When I read the header, my mind immediately thought of Paris. Didn’t you think the same?
Well, yes, Paris is on the list, along with several others I could have guessed. Yet, I was surprised and excited to see some I did not think of.
So, a few very intriguing options on the list, follow below:
1. Kyoto, Japan
Why go: Wooden Zen temples, lush gardens, tea houses and ancient palaces make Kyoto one of Japan’s most lovely and tranquil destinations. Thanks to its abundance of cherry trees, the former Imperial city is particularly beautiful in the spring, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
2. Jaipur, India
Why go: Known as the Pink City thanks to its many rose-hued buildings, Jaipur is home to sprawling palaces and stunning hilltop forts. Like most Indian cities, it’s also crowded and chaotic, but the bustle just enhances its sensory appeal.
Why go: Marked by a grid of wide, leafy boulevards, an exuberant restaurant scene and pedestrian lanes lined with small shops and cafes, Melbourne is one of Australia’s most attractive cities, and also one of its most cosmopolitan.
Why go: Dynamic, fast-paced and exhilarating, Shanghai is a city very much focused on the future. In fascinating contrast to its skyscrapers and designer bars, the city’s rich past lives on in Buddhist monasteries, old lane houses and crowded noodle bars.
Why go: With its medieval lanes, cathedrals and seaside perch, it’s easy to see why Lord Byron called Dubrovnik “the pearl of the Adriatic.” Get lost on the smooth cobbled streets of the Old Town, or sip espresso at one of the cafés on the Placa, the city’s pedestrian thoroughfare.
Why go: Copenhagen is clean, safe and burgeoning with restaurants, bars and the beautiful people who frequent them. Canals and cobblestone streets add to the Danish capital’s already plentiful charms.
Why go: Technically two cities bisected by the Danube, Buda and Pest add up to one of Europe’s most vibrant and scenic capitals. Awakened from its dour Communist past, Budapest offers eclectic architecture, thermal baths, nightlife, and Old World cuisine.
My pick? Can I just pick all of them?
Ok – if I have to, it would be Jaipur, India. I’ve always loved the Indian culture and I bet all the sights, smells and feel of the place would make it quite the romantic getaway. At least in my opinion!