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17Jun

Unforgettable Romantic Getaways

Donna Marie West ECBC, Travel, Blog, Vacation, Holiday, Romance, Getaway,

Paris, Venice, and Niagara Falls are obvious choices, but they’re far from the only options for a romantic getaway you and your sweetheart will remember forever.

Bruges, Belgium:

This medieval city features gothic architecture, cobbled streets, stunning belfry towers, antique shops, and a delicious abundance of chocolate shops to get your romantic juices flowing. Share an intimate conversation in a cozy pub while savouring delectable fare fit for connoisseurs and sampling mellow fruit and up to 8% alcohol proof beers.  Take in sites that will make your heart stop while tour the city on foot - or cuddle with that special someone by horse-drawn carriage or by boat.  Bruges is sometimes referred to as Venice of the North for its picturesque canals  By hot air balloon, steal a smooch as you enjoy an unforgettable bird’s eye view.  Explore the Basilica of the Holy Blood’s extensive collection of religious relics; the lower section of the church is the oldest building in the city, built circa 1150 C. E. Cocoon the day away – just the two of you - in a quaint bed-and-breakfast, modern luxury hotel, or renovated 15th century mansion.

Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera:

This coastal region, with its five historic villages, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Pine forests give way to sunny beaches, romantic beachfront promenades, and welcoming turquoise water. Indulge yourselves in a couples banquet of fine Mediterranean cuisine, including olives, pesto, anchovies, seafood from the region and Sciacchetrà, a specialty liquored wine derived from local grapes.  Stroll arm-in-arm with your true love in the Giardini Botanici Hanbury, featuring one of the largest gardens in Italy.  Hotels and bed-and-breakfasts offer outdoor terraces, sunset dinners, relaxing spas, and spectacular views of the sea. Hike the rugged, steep hills or the coastal path connecting the villages, or book a cruise to see places inaccessible by land. Monterosso is the largest village, with a good selection of hotels and restaurants for every couple’s taste and budget.

Buenos Aires, Argentina:

The city sometimes called Paris of South America is remarkable for its diverse culture and colorful nightlife. Take tango lessons and dance the night away in your lover’s arms at a club like the famous Rojo Tango. Enjoy ice cream, wine, seafood, or some of the world’s best beef in the city’s cafés, wine bars, restaurants, and oyster bars. (Remember, oysters are considered an aphrodisiac!)  Browse with your special someone for a unique souvenir from the boutiques in the Palermo, Recoleta and San Telmo districts. Tour Buenos Aires’ number one tourist attraction, the Cementario de la Recoleta, or take a day trip to the rolling countryside outside the city. If the two of you are sports-minded, you might attend a soccer match, horse race, or polo match – or take a polo lesson for yourselves! Accommodations range from international 5-star hotels, to casual hostels, to intimate guesthouses.

Note: Located as it is in the southern hemisphere, Buenos Aires’ seasons are opposite from those in the north; July is its coldest month and January is its warmest.

New Orleans, Louisiana:

Best known for its historic Vieux Carré Français (French Quarter), New Orleans offers artist-owned art galleries, eclectic antique shops, and fine dining galore.  Dance the night away and catch live jazz music on Bourbon Street, famous for its clubs, bars, and restaurants. Try authentic Creole and Cajun cuisine, including crawfish, gumbo, and boudin scotch eggs. Share affectionate glances over a glass of Sazerac (America’s first cocktail, created by Antoine Peychaud in New Orleans in 1838).  Ride the iconic St. Charles streetcar.  Snuggle with your love on a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city.  Join a kayak, canoe, or airboat tour of the bayou. Cruise the lazy Mississippi on the authentic style paddlewheel steamboats Creole Queen or Natchez, which offer unique dining and live jazz nightly.

Pack your essential portable electronics in quality luggage, from ecbc’s Elite collection. Each carry-all features our unique FastPass® system, allowing you to go through TSA without unpacking your valuables into those gray bins. Portable Power Packs are included with all rolling carry-ons to recharge batteries so you won’t miss recording a single exciting moment because of a dead battery.

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