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Published January 21st 2013
Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Cupid is refilling his quiver and sharpening his arrows and the scent of romance is in the air. Personally I'm not too keen on the commercialisation of love but if the romantic in you is looking to declare your undying love on February 14, then we want to know where the perfect place is to do it. In the meantime here are a few suggestions.
On the Water: Perhaps your love is on the epic scale of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, who enjoyed some pretty spectacular river cruising in their time. While Brisbane can't quite give you the exotic mystery of the Nile we do have our own Brisbane River and the delights of Moreton Bay to serve as a romantic backdrop for your Valentine's Day experience.
Maybe you're more the Tom Hanks (Sam Baldwin) and Meg Ryan (Annie Reed) types and prefer romance on a rooftop Sleepless in Seattle style. Obviously the Empire State Building is out of the question, but Brisbane has some stylish rooftop venues complete with romantic atmosphere and great views.
Dessert Restaurants: It's been said that Napoleon was a huge chocolate lover and always took chocolate with him on his military campaigns. Perhaps it was a gift from Josephine, slipped into his saddle bags as a reminder of their love, and it certainly would explain why his hand was always in his waistcoat. If chocolate ranks highly on your couple's treats list then dessert restaurants may be the place for you to celebrate Valentine's Day. Try Max Brenner Chocolate Cafe or 16th on Park Bistro and Dessert Cafe.
The most romantic place in Brisbane is around the Brisbane River, and if you are up for some adventure with your loved one, check out Riverlife's Valentines event.
Already bought it for myself and my other half. Can't wait to abseil down from the Kangaroo Point with the most beautiful view in Brisbane!
A picnic in one of our wonderful botanic gardens - Mt Coot-tha, Roma Street or City Gardens. We always take the day off work and visit either GOMA or the Art Gallery. It is wonderfully romantic to take a day out together when everyone else is working. Love is always worth celebrating, and doesn't need to be expensive at all.........