Image: Laura Durán for Paris Tourisme
With nearly 20 years’ experience, Holidays for Couples magazine has all the qualifications to help you make the most of your honeymoon or romantic getaway for two. And with so many stunning destinations around the world that have been struck by a serious case of the love bug, we thought it was time for us to round up our absolute faves.
Here are five of our top monuments to love around the world – why not pack your bags and head out on a couples’ getaway with your sweetheart to add your love story to these legacies?
Image: Maristela Serra Ramos for Paris Tourisme
Love Lock Bridge, Paris
Make your way to Paris’ Pont des Arts and you’ll see hundreds of padlocks bolted to the bridge, inscribed with initials and names of couples from around the world.
The tradition is to buy a padlock, write your name and your lover’s name or initials on it, bolt it to the bridge and throw the key into the waters of the River Seine. This will ensure your everlasting love.
There are also ‘lovelocks’ on Pont de l’Archeveche, and the phenomenon has caught on with other bridges around Europe.
Image: Visit Philadelphia
In Philadelphia’s JFK Plaza you’ll find the LOVE Park, famous for its pop art LOVE statue, designed by Robert Indiana.
Be sure to take a picture in front of this bright red monument with your loved one.
Image: Coral Castle Facebook
The mysterious Coral Castle is located in Florida USA, and was single-handedly created with 1,100 tons of coral rock by a man named Edward Leedskalnin. Why? It turns out he did it all for love. Long before Ryan Gosling’s character built his lost love a beautiful home in the film the Notebook, Ed Leedskalnin made this monument to his own lost love, Agnes.
How he managed to build this giant structure alone is still a mystery – but they say love is the greatest miracle of all!
Image: Tourism Taj Mahal
India’s Taj Mahal is in fact one of the world’s most beautiful love monuments. It was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan to remember his late wife, Empress Mumtaz Mahal, a woman he loved and mourned deeply.
Image: Chandor Gardens Facebook
Located in Texas USA, the Chandor Gardens were created and nurtured by the Chandors, a husband and wife duo. When her husband died in 1953, Ina Chandor renamed and dedicated the gardens to her late husband.
A true labour of love, these expansive and breathtakingly beautiful gardens celebrate what two people in love can create.
So there you have it – destinations aplenty for you to explore on your honeymoon or romantic getaway! Why not visit one of these dreamy destinations with your loved one on a romantic escape? And make sure you take some pretty pictures!
Ms Gingham says: What beautiful places to visit when in love! Perfect for honeymooners!