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Published February 7th 2015
Take your loved one on a date to remember
This year I'm doing something unexpected for Valentine's Day. Instead of the usual dinner and a movie, I'm going to treat my loved one with planes, books, flowers, trees and a busy market. Maybe you'd consider one of these options to show someone that you love them:
Love really is in the air when you watch planes take off with the one you love at Melbourne Airport
The Airport The airport holds the promise of travel and adventure. You don't have to actually take a flight. Going to Melbourne Airport to see planes take off and land or just seeing them parked on the tarmac can spark feelings of hope, excitement and spur of the moment adventure. A little bit like being in love. Sit and watch the passengers come and go and make up romantic stories about them.
Tip: View planes as they taxi about on the tarmac at Terminal 3 between gates 1-10, but for a good view of the planes taking off and landing go to the Operations Road Spotting Carpark. Take a packed lunch and stay awhile.
The Library What isn't romantic about sweet whispers from your beloved? The library is usually a quiet space where you'll have to lean close together to hear what the other person has to say. The State Library creates a grand feeling in its domed La Trobe reading room. Be in awe of the architecture as well as each other.
Tip: There's no eating in the library, so your loving looks and holding hands over a good book will have to sustain you.
For book lovers, The State Library is a place of great romance
The Florist It's true. Flowers are a traditional choice for Valentine's Day, but what about a florist you can sit and have a great coffee in? At Flower Temple in the CBD you can sit amongst the abundant floral display whilst sipping your coffee and enjoying a sweet treat or two.
Tip: Buy your loved one a big bunch of their favourite blooms and then walk through the city holding hands.
The Nursery Nature lovers get it. Plants spark the thrill of a new beginning. Kuranga Nursery covers three bases; great setting, good food and interesting gifts. Set at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Kuranga has fantastic native plants to peruse. After you've had a look at the nursery, you can treat yourselves to a romantic lunch in the Café.
Being in a great nursery can encourage you to make plans together. Planting plants together takes commitment. You have to nurture a new plant and take good care of it, giving it regular attention and nourishment. Just like a relationship.
Tip: Buy a tree, take it home and plant it together. What says commitment more than a beautiful tall tree? Years from now, you can look back and say that you planted it together.
Plant a tree and watch your love grow
The Market You have to stay close together to not get lost at Queen Vic Market. You also have to be close to hear each other over the enthusiastic din of the crowd and stallholders spruiking their bargains. Good fresh food delights the senses just like the early days of a relationship where all your senses are awakened.
Tip: Share a doughnut from the doughnut van, try French cheeses or Polish small goods in the deli section. Just make sure you both eat the same foods so that your kisses don't clash!