The Two Most Romantic Places

VeniceDo you believe in love at first sight? I do. In my case, it’s with a city.

What could be more romantic than witnessing the most famous train in the world, the Orient Express, pulling up on the platform in the most romantic city in the world, Venice?  Many moons ago, when my husband was just my boyfriend and we were backpacking across Europe, I was struck by the adventure of the moment when we disembarked from our own grimy train, to be standing next to those posh and elegant coaches. At the time, we were broke students. We stopped to stare at the first-class passengers with their Louis Vuitton luggage, European suits, and perfumed hairstyles. Many of them were headed to Asia, but we had our own quiet agenda of discovering this intimate Italian city. As the Orient Express rumbled out of the station, we stepped out to the Grand Canal of Venice. And wow! Love at first sight.

YukonMy second most romantic choice sits on the opposite side of the world, close to the Arctic circle and far from the rest of civilization. Yukon Territory in Canada. A few years ago, my husband and I—and we now have a daughter who joined us—explored the route the Klondike stampeders took over the treacherous mountains. What I’ll remember most about the Yukon is the wonderful smell. I’ve never inhaled such pure fresh air. Every step I took brought a different scent—pine trees, wild mountain flowers, moss, rivers that churned up ancient glacial silt. And how about that view?

The photos of Venice and the Yukon River are my own. Do you have a favorite romantic city?


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