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  • The Things We Do For Love
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    11/23/2022 3:04:08 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Spear fishing on the Isla Mujeres

    Love is an essential part of the human experience. It drives people to do incredible things — for better and for worse — and when you’re in it, there isn’t much that you wouldn’t do to keep it. And its love’s powerful allure that has driven people since the beginning of time to find ways to profess their tenderheartedness to those that they hold dearest in a variety of passionate and sometimes strange ways.

    Today, travelers can honor their deepest desires when they partake in these romantic customs around the world. Whether they’re hoping to attract a partner, wanting to pledge their eternal commitment or looking to amp up their chances of conception, these celebrations of love might just do the trick.

    To See and Do

    Pont des Arts Bridge, Paris, France

    What better place to begin our journey than the City of Love? Picture the scene: twinkling lights flicker as you stroll the ancient cobblestone streets, the smell of freshly baked goods wafting through the air. You stop to admire a boat passing through a nearby narrow canal, and a local Parisian throws you a wink. Pretty romantic, right? All of this is to say that it’s no surprise that Paris — and the fairytale-like atmosphere that it exudes — has acted as a muse for artists and romantics alike for centuries. And of all the city’s iconic monuments — the Eiffel Tower, the Lourve Museum, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris — Pont des Arts Bridge is one of the most romantic.

    The victim of shipwrecks and WWII bombings, one might be surprised to find that this symbol of amour has suffered a somewhat tragic history. However, after its reopening in 1984, Pont des Arts began its legacy as a place where couples and lovers professed their undying love to each other in the form of initial-engraved metal padlocks. Today, travelers who traverse Pont des Artes can admire over 700,000 ‘love locks’ placed by visitors past. Interestingly, while sentimental, the locks are beginning to cause some trouble as their combined weight is roughly the same as 20 elephants. For this reason, tourists are discouraged from adding to the collection, but that doesn’t make Pont des Arts any less romantic as it is the perfect place to snap a cute photo or enjoy a picnic at sunset during the summer.

    Casa di Giulietta, Verona, Italy

    A staple in literary history, many travelers are familiar with the story of Romeo and Juliet, a pair of star-crossed lovers who paid the ultimate price in the name of love. However, travelers might not know that you can visit the very same home that is said to have inspired the infamous tale — Casa di Giulietta. Located in Verona, Italy, Casa di Giulietta, also known simply as ‘Juliet’s House’, attracts nearly two million visitors each year.

    While its Shakespearean connection is what puts Casa di Giulietta on the map for many tourists, the historical home also attracts a sizeable crowd of honeymooners and lovers looking to leave their mark on the world in the form of sticky notes and love locks. The story goes that if you leave a message with your name on it and post it beneath Juliet’s famed balcony, she will cast a lucky spell on you, binding your love for eternity. Another popular tradition on the premises includes writing letters to Juliet where travelers disclose their deepest desires to the young maiden, sometimes burning the edges of the paper to mimic the look of medieval parchment. Finally, for good measure, a life-like bronze statue of Juliet sits in the courtyard, and it is rumored that those who touch her right breast will be lucky in love and fertility.

    Baths of Aphrodite, Latchi, Cyprus

    If anyone were to know the ins and outs of matters of the heart, it would undoubtedly be Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty. And when travelers visit Cyprus, they can explore the backdrop that inspired the legends that tell of Aphrodite’s life, escapades and romantic encounters. Of particular interest to lovebirds are Cyprus’ Baths of Aphrodite, a collection of crystal-clear spring water pools hidden amongst foliage and fig trees that are said to bless all those who enter with the gift of eternal beauty, youth and fertility.

    Unfortunately, thanks to a family of electric eels and other concerns, swimming in the Baths of Aphrodite is strictly prohibited. However, travelers can still enjoy a splash of the famed waters from a nearby fountain that spouts the same enchanted liquid.

    To Celebrate

    Kanamara Matsuri, Kawasaki, Japan

    Well known for its quirkiness, travelers may be unsurprised to learn that Japan plays host to the annual Kanamara Matsuri festival — aka, the festival of the steel phallus. That’s right, those who visit Kawasaki on the first Sunday in April can expect to find a bounty of penis-shaped statues, gifts and other various paraphernalia as residents celebrate reproductive health and fertility. The collection of phalluses is also said to ward off STIs, which begs the question, is there anything more romantic than a clean bill of health?

    Whether they have babies on their minds or just want to experience the obscure celebration for themselves, travelers will find that they aren’t the only foreigners in the crowd as Kanamara Matsuri attracts plenty of tourists each year. Visitors can enjoy penis-shaped snacks, admire festivalgoers in colorful costumes, pray for fertility and good fortune at one of the three shrines or snap a picture next to the famed pink phallic statue.

    Wife Carrying World Championships, Sonkajarvi, Finland

    Couples looking to test their relationship can take their love to the next level when they compete in Finland’s Wife Carrying World Championships. A yearly affair, this wild competition follows husband and wife duos from around the globe as they attempt to conquer a 250-meter course — including a one-meter deep pool — dotted with various obstacles. And to top it off, there’s a catch: all husbands must carry their wives on their backs in one of three ways — piggyback, over the shoulder or Estonian-style.

    Considered one of the seven most bizarre ‘feats of strength’ events in the world, the Wife Carrying Championship has amassed quite the fanbase since its beginning in 1992. After all, nothing says, “I love you,” like taking home the gold.

    To Mourn

    Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia

    Let’s face it, every good love story leaves a few broken hearts in its wake. From amicable splits to unrequited love, sometimes things just don’t work out. But what do you do when that special person is no longer in your life? And more importantly, what do you do with all their stuff? That’s where the Museum of Broken Relationships comes in. Described as ‘a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions,’ this unique collection is an ever-evolving ode to love, heartache and pain.

    Travelers hoping to experience — or contribute to — the Museum of Broken Relationships can find permanent exhibits in Los Angeles and Zagreb, Croatia amongst smaller pop-up installations around the globe.

  • Cruise Ship Weddings: What You Need to Know

    11/14/2022 3:44:17 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    When it comes to destination weddings, locking in the perfect venue is one of the most important pieces of the planning puzzle. And while some couples may find their bliss on a white sand beach or within a lush tropical jungle, others may find that their big day daydreams point toward a vaster, bluer location — the ocean.

    Luckily for water-loving lovebirds, cruise ships happen to make for a fabulous venue to celebrate the happiest day of their lives. However, before they hop on board, there are a few things to consider, here’s what travelers should know.

    Location, Location, Location

    The first decision seafaring couples will need to tackle is determining where their ceremony will take place — during embarkation day, at sea or in port. Ceremonies that take place on embarkation day are popular amongst couples whose friends and families can’t all commit to a full-length cruise but still want to be there for their special day. Most weddings are celebrated on board during embarkation day. This allows attendees who aren’t sailing with the couple to visit the ship for the ceremony.

    Alternatively, couples with a refined guest list, or those who are rolling solo, might find that a wedding at sea makes for the perfect backdrop to tie the knot. Many cruise ships are happy to play the role of a wedding venue and offer a variety of packages for lovebirds to choose from. However, while the crew will be more than ready to help couples celebrate, something to keep in mind is that, unless crewmembers are a judge, notary public, justice of the peace or minister, travelers’ seaside vows will be symbolic, not legal. To make sure things go off without a hitch, travelers can work with a travel advisor or one of the cruise line’s wedding planners ahead of time to ensure that the proper parties are present when they say “I do.”

    Similar to a ceremony at sea, travelers hoping to get married at a port of call or on a cruise line’s private island will need to get their ducks in a row before the big day (preferably through the cruise line’s wedding coordinator or a travel advisor). While they can require more planning, in-port weddings are absolutely gorgeous and are a great way to incorporate a special destination into one’s nuptials.

    The Guestlist

    When it comes to the guest list, many cruises cap out at around 150 people. However, that doesn’t mean that’s the average size of a cruise wedding party. In fact, in the same article with The Points Guy, Princess Cruises shared that two-thirds of its weddings have less than 10 attendees and that the average group size is around 25 guests.

    It appears, as far as cruise wedding trends go, that smaller, more intimate ceremonies are on the rise as both the wedding and cruise industries continue to bounce back from COVID-19.

    The Price Tag

    While this may surprise some couples, a cruise wedding is actually rather affordable with the average cost ranging between $7,000 to $20,000. For comparison, wedding website Zola notes that many couples plan to spend anywhere between $5,000 to upwards of $100,000 to tie the knot in 2022. How much love birds spend on their big day at sea will depend on their cruise line of choice, which wedding package they choose and any additional add-ons they select. From casual and celebratory to all-out luxurious, the possibilities run the gamut.

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    11/3/2022 12:30:19 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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