We study that oysters aren’t at all times efficient aphrodisiacs, masked parades in Venice can result in misplaced affections … and glaciers will be slippery
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Winning tip: Hot tubs and chilly rivers, Northern Ireland
For our first evening out collectively in over six months since having a child we travelled to Galgorm resort and spa, close to Ballymena. My husband pulled out all of the stops and reserved a riverside scorching tub. Hopping from the new tub to refill my glass he lost his stability and tumbled backwards into the river Maine. I had a fantastically uninterrupted evening’s sleep in a large comfortable mattress, whereas he lay flat on the ground nursing a bruised coccyx.
The man within the masks, Venice
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A livid row with my boyfriend on Valentine’s Day in St Mark’s Square led to me storming off and getting caught up in a masked carnival parade within the streets, a part of the Mardi Gras. We had been additionally in costume and thought I noticed my boyfriend so, regretting my actions, I shouted “sorry” and kissed him. He kissed me again, passionately, silently, and we acquired caught up within the second for some time. Then we ran alongside a canal holding arms and embraced once more. He drew breath to inform me I used to be “fantastica, bellissima, stupenda”, earlier than revealing his face as a good-looking Italian younger man.
Carnival capers in Madeira
I like Madeira’s festivals and utilized to take part in Funchal’s Mardi Gras carnival, which coincided with Dia dos Namorados (Valentine’s Day). Sparkly costume fitted, I attended rehearsals, finally mastering a satisfactory salsa. The day dawned. Shimmying by way of the principle sq. as a part of a throng of exuberant dancers, I felt a pointy tug at my rear. Someone had unintentionally trodden on my flowing “unicorn tail”, pulling it, along with my sequined skirt, proper off. From the watching crowd, a gallant man proffered his jacket to cowl my embarrassment … That gent and I return yearly to Funchal to rejoice a “tale” with a happy-ever-after ending.
Forest of Dean (and din), Gloucestershire
A rally automotive on the Crabtree stage of the 2016 Wyedean Rally within the Forest of Dean. Photograph: Alamy
For my first Valentine’s with my boyfriend, I booked what I believed can be a romantic weekend break within the Forest of Dean. The first day we went out for a peaceable stroll by way of the woods hoping to see some woodland wildlife and listen to the tranquil sounds of singing birds. We had been abruptly met by the dreadful din of dozens of revving automobiles racing by way of the forest. There was an off-road rally occurring all weekend.
Surrey Hills ardour killer
Tanners Hatch Youth Hostel, Polesdon Lacey. Photograph: Alamy
For a getaway, my mother-in-law booked me and my husband a keep in an exquisite rustic cottage within the Surrey Hills. What she didn’t realise was that the attractive spot was a youth hostel and that she had booked us into dormitories. Luckily, peaceable walks and evenings spent ingesting wine by the cosy log fireplace of YHA Tanners Hatch was simply what we would have liked, even when retiring to our female and male dormitories on the finish of the evening hampered our extra romantic aspirations.
Lake District sartorial error
We deliberate a romantic spa/mountain climbing break within the Lakes together with a meal at a top-class restaurant. We arrived on the airport solely to be informed we had been late and had missed the bag drop so we might solely take one piece of hand baggage every. We had packed an enormous suitcase stuffed with mountain climbing gear. It appeared not possible to cram all of that into our two small rucksacks so we ended up throwing on as many garments as we might and ran by way of the airport in our mountain climbing boots simply in time to make the ultimate name. Once we lastly arrived at our stunning lodge in Windermere, we had a really fast flip round to be prepared for our dinner on the a lot lauded Porto. I pulled my crumpled costume from the rucksack as Joe fumbled by way of his, checking, checking and checking once more for his night garments. He’d left them within the suitcase again on the airport. We arrived on the fantastically romantic restaurant, recent roses on the desk and candles lit, surrounded by immaculate after which there was my boyfriend, dressed prime to toe as if he had been about to hike 10 miles and attracting humorous appears to be like.
Affair of the center, Kenya
Kenyan safari camp. Photograph: Alamy
We had been fortunate sufficient to spend Valentine’s evening on safari in Kenya. The tables had been fantastically adorned with the centrepiece of an ornate wood coronary heart. After the meal I used to be adamant about bringing the center home as a memento and took it again to our room. Every week later I occurred to look at it as lots of of little black bugs began rising from inside. Needless to say we determined to go away our coronary heart in Kenya.
New York indelibly on my thoughts
Ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, New York City. Photograph: Getty Images
I went with my spouse to New York for Valentine’s Day and had booked a elaborate restaurant for lunch. Unfortunately, because of a boozy night the evening earlier than, our romantic meal was marred by my spouse’s feeling the more serious for put on. She was uncomfortable visiting the restaurant’s bathroom, because it was so open plan, so we left our unfinished lunch to trudge by way of the snow to seek out another. Having slogged our method to Rockefeller Center, my spouse proceeded to throw up within the snow, to the horror of lots of of romantic and skaters.
Aphrodisiac mishap, Paris
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When I used to be at uni my boyfriend whisked me away to France for a romantic Valentine’s to recollect. However, it’s memorable for all of the unsuitable causes. Upon consuming our aphrodisiac oysters at dinner, my boyfriend began to really feel unusual and he needed to be rushed to hospital. He was unaware he was extremely allergic to oysters. We spent our romantic evening in a French A&E.
Sri Lankan love chew
The seaside of the Lighthouse Hotel Galle. Photograph: Alamy
Many years in the past I stayed with my accomplice on the Lighthouse Hotel, Galle, Sri Lanka. There was an possibility of reserving a non-public candlelit dinner in a seaside cove and we booked for 14 February, intentionally making no reference to Valentine’s Day. The day earlier than, employees informed me that as a result of the 14th was a big day, we’d be sharing our expertise with others. I requested to see the supervisor, pre-warning my accomplice there can be crocodile tears. To cease my pleading and sobbing, the supervisor finally agreed to arrange a non-public desk in an adjoining cove. After a splendid meal together with recent lobster, I acquired my comeuppance – having tucked my skirt into my knickers for a post-dinner paddle, my legs acquired bitten to loss of life.
Glacier publicity, Iceland
Photograph: Daisy Belle Craydon
We went away to Iceland final Valentine’s Day. We hadn’t been collectively for very lengthy and it was our first holiday as a pair. Almost like the primary actual love check. I took footwear that was sensible however not particularly very grippy. We went for a stroll to discover a glacier and over I went. It wasn’t only a fall on the snow, nevertheless it was the impression of the touchdown that brought on me to get embarrassed. My denims ripped open on my backside and my coat didn’t cowl me, and I additionally broke wind loudly.
Daisy Belle Craydon