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Ten Romantic Getaways To Fall In Love

Believe it or not but Paris, Rome, Prague or Venice are out of this list. There are heaps of other love-is-in-the-air places around the globe, where dramatic landscapes, romantic architecture and tender atmosphere create a perfect scenery for passionate affection.

10. The Canadian Rockies. Canada

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If restaurant candle light dinner with champagne cracking and smart clothes on is not really your definition of being romantic then the majestic landscape of the remote Canadian Rockies, far from crowds and tawdry tourist attractions, might be your perfect location for an adventurous romance getaway. With five National Parks declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites located within the Rockies, there are plenty of space, wilderness, and nature to explore and admire hand in hand with your admirable. Perfect for skiers in love, hikers in love, or cyclists in love…

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9. The Seychelles.

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If dramatic landscapes of wild mountains are not convincing then you should try something more exotic. The Seychelles, 115 stunning islands, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, around 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) of mainland Africa, are an excellent spot for couples looking for relaxing and calm surroundings. The tropical vistas of white sands, turquoise water, and lush forests are the ideal setting for romance. Moreover, the islands are not as invaded by tourists as other exotic destinations so you will be able to enjoy your moments with no crowds in the background.

8. Tokyo Bay. Japan.

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How to find a romantic getaway in overpopulated, vibrant and busy Tokyo? If you and your second half are in the mood for love, and there is no time to head for Kyoto or Okinawa, then try a cruise around Tokyo Bay. Magnificent views of city night lights, dazzling Rainbow Bridge, and Odaiba’s modern architecture set quite splendid a scenery for lovers. You can try one of the Tokyo’s cruise ship companies that can arrange a romantic French or Italian dinner or a sunset cruise for the two of you.

7. Meersburg. Germany

Meersburg, a tiny town located adjacently to Lake Constance in Baden-Württemberg in Germany, is as romantic as a fairy tale. If you and your loved one need kind of a time-stopped-here place then Meersburg, with its unique, colourful architecture, filled with cafes, bars and restaurants, and surrounded by vineyards and apple groves, is definitely a place you are looking for. The best time to go on your romantic trip is spring when the whole area is covered with flowers. Fall is also great, especially if you want to visit wineries and sample some quality domestic wine.

6. Big Sur. California. The USA

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A 90 mile (145 kilometres) long drive along Big Sur coastline may seem not to be very long but if you stop a few times for a kiss, then a few times for hugs, and then several more times to admire the gorgeous views, you can significantly stretch your time together. The beauty of this place is breathtaking. There are no shopping centres, no tourist attractions (besides stunning views), no street lights. An ideal spot to propose, and to say “yes”.

5. Saint Paul de Vence. Provence. France

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Unfortunately jam-packed, touristic Paris cannot be called the world’s capital of romance any longer, but there are several others places in France where the scent of love can be felt in the air. Provence, the land of colors and fragrances, has always been a heaven for artists, and of course, lovers looking for inspiration and passion. Among the most beautiful spots of the region is St Paul de Vence, an old town filled with great restaurants, charming cafes, romantic cobblestoned streets, and beautiful architecture.

4. San Francisco. The USA

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San Francisco, a liberal city of love, birthplace of hippies and gay communities, revolutionizes the definition of love. Today the town is recognized for its laid back atmosphere, tolerance, and acceptance. Be it for romantic sunset over Golden Gate Bridge, smart cafes and restaurants, or simply a stroll along its streets, this place is filled with romantic and positive vibrations.

3. Lisbon. Portugal.

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No capital is more romantic than Lisbon. The warm atmosphere of the town, bathed in golden sunlight during the day and filled with dramatic sounds of jazz and fado at night, make the place an ideal spot to spend passionate time with the loved one. You can take a romantic stroll around the town wandering its narrow streets, take your sweetheart for a ride on a historical yellow tram, or go crazy in Lisbon’s countless bars and clubs. Spring and fall are the best seasons to go – there are fewer tourists and days are pleasantly warm.

2. Faroe Islands. Denmark.

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Imagine wide open spaces, dramatic cliffs, splendid sea, infinite fields of grass and moorlands… If this sounds like a perfect setting for a next romantic trip for you then you should head to Faroe Islands, located halfway between Scotland and Iceland. The islands are slightly forgotten by travel agencies, holiday makers and even backpackers, which makes them an ideal place for lovers searching for privacy and seclusion in enchanting surroundings. The best time to go is from June to August, but don’t forget the days are super long, and nights disappointingly short.

1. Santorini. Greece.

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Everything is romantic on Santorini. The white walls of the archipelago’s houses, charming little streets, beautiful gardens, excellent cuisine, domestic wine, dazzling sea, golden cliffs, spectacular sunsets and fantastically relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere…Santorini is our planet’s most beautiful jewel and truly a paradise for lovers.

CHOCOLATE CHIP SKILLET COOKIE FOR TWO

Would you believe me if I told you that I’d never had a Skillet Cookie until now?

Not that I wasn’t interested or didn’t really care to give them a try, quite the contrary! I always thought that they looked quite spectacular, what with being served warm directly in the cast-iron skillet in which they were baked, all ooey gooey and chewy looking, covered in melting ice cream and drizzled with oodles of silky chocolate sauce! I mean, what’s there not to like about that picture?

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Still, there’s always been this one major obstacle standing between me and this drool-worthy, mouth-watering treat: the way I see it, skillet cookies are pretty much meant to be enjoyed right away, especially if you’re gonna serve them like I just described, covered with mountains of ice cream and chocolate sauce. Leftovers must be kinda hard to keep, what with being soaked in melted ice cream and all…

Being single and alone most of the time, it made it kinda hard for me to indulge. I simply couldn’t see myself eating the whole thing and absolutely couldn’t live with the idea of sending the leftovers to the trash. I much prefer to make a whole bunch of friends with my “leftovers” once I’m done tasting a recipe!

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Still, after I stumbled upon this particular recipe on Bake or Break, I was determined to finally give the giant cookies a try. I figured that I would either find a solution to my leftover dilemma, or invite a whole bunch of people over for a Skillet Cookie party! Ha! How’s that for making friends?

Matters took a turn for then worst when, just a few days later, I got this other amazing looking recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction delivered straight to my inbox. I was in serious trouble by then and knew for a fact that I wouldn’t be able to put off the experience much longer. Skillet Cookies were officially put on my “next in line” recipe list.

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And then faith must’ve heard me or something, ‘cuz  just as soon as I’d officialized my decision, I stumbled upon this picture on Pinterest for a Small Batch Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie for Two! O.M.G. THIS WAS PURE GENIUS!!! Why had I never thought of that before? Especially since I already had the necessary equipment in my cupboards. I’ve some kind of a fascination for cast iron skillets, you see, so I happen to have them in pretty much all shapes and sizes…

I couldn’t wait to finally get to live the Skillet Cookie experience, and so this Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie for Two got made the very next week-end, when my daughter came for dinner. I thought that it would make the perfect treat for the two of us to enjoy after our meal.

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Let me tell you I was NOT disappointed, and neither was she! These things are just as good as I’d imagined them to be: all soft and gooey and warm in the center, all crispy and chewy around the edges, with a plethora of sweet and buttery aromas that’ll send your taste buds straight to seventh heaven.

Honestly, if I owned a restaurant or cafe, I would have to find a way to put these on the menu. Talk about the perfect way to end a romantic evening with your special someone, or a fun night out with your BFF (who in my case happens to be my daughter)...

Skillet Cookies are the absolute best, and I am totally in love with this small batch recipe! It’s simply perfect: it really doesn’t take long to make at all, doesn’t require that you use all kinds of equipment and dirty the whole kitchen… just a few bowls and a fork will do the trick!

Oh, and of course, you’ll need one of them cute mini little cast-iron skillets, which, if you don’t already own one, I strongly recommend that you get, because I can guarantee you that you’ll be making this Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie for Two often, very often!

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As for me, I’m already planning on trying all kinds of variations on this same theme…

Step-by-step instructions with pictures immediately follow recipe

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie for Two

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup (75g | 2.6oz) unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp salt (I use Himalayan salt)
    • 1/4 cup (50g | 1.8oz) granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup (50g | 1.8oz) light brown sugar, packed
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, (store-bought or homemade)
    • 1/4 cup (60g | 2.1oz) butter, melted
    • 1 large egg yolk
    • 1/2 cup (90g | 3.2oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (save a few tablespoons to melt and drizzle over cooked cookie)
  • Your favorite vanilla ice cream, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and generously butter a 6-1/4” mini cast iron skillet. If you didn’t have such a skillet, you could use a 6” cake pan instead, but you may have to adjust baking time slightly.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well with a whisk until well combined; set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork until well combined.
  4. Add the egg yolk, stir well, and then carefully stir in the flour mixture. Mix until completely combined, then stir about 2/3 of the chocolate chips.
  5. Transfer the cookie dough to the cast iron skillet and arrange it delicately with your fork, just so it’s evenly distributed across the skillet.
  6. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until the edges are puffed and browned and the center appears set.
  7. Remove from the oven and press a few additional chocolate chips across the surface of the cookie, if desired; allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, melt the remaining chocolate chips in the microwave, adding a few drops of oil to make it more drizzleable, if necessary.
  9. Garnish the cookie with a great big scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with the melted chocolate and serve with 2 spoons!

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LUXURY VILLA AMANZI, THAILAND BY ORIGINAL VISION STUDIO

The Villa Amanzi by Architect firm Original Vision Studio is a stunning modern vacation residence located in the exclusive Cape Sol on the West coast of Phuket, Thailand. Villa Amanzi is a stunning six bedroom residence with a 15m infinity pool and breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea. This luxury villa enjoys a spectacular headland location along Kamala’s exclusive Millionaires Mile and captures cool gentle breezes all year round with uninterrupted sea views from every vantage point, in one of the most breathtaking locations Phuket has to offer.

The contemporary design features ultra modern architecture and interiors that combine to provide guests with the optimal environment to relax and unwind in unspoilt luxury.

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THE LUXURY COCO PALM DHUNI KOLHU RESORT, MALDIVES

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu can be found on the private island of Dhuni Kolhu, in the Baa Atoll. Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is the ultimate hideaway in the Maldives.

Set on a beautiful island, the resort is fringed by white sandy beaches, dressed with luxurious tropical vegetation, and hosts a blue crystal clear lagoon for the enjoyment of a vast range of water sports. Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu features delightful thatched villas, either dotted among palm trees in carefully planned tranquility or on stilts over the lagoon, with spectacular views of the sea and nearby desert islands.

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Beach villas and deluxe villas have open air garden bathrooms, for showers at sunrise or at night under the stars.
Deluxe villas are complemented with a sunken bath in the open-air bathroom, and a plunge pool on the outdoor terrace. A four-poster bed with mosquito net enhances the romantic mood of the villas.

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The  all wood water villas offer extreme indulgence for those who are looking for exclusivity and seclusion. All water villas are fitted with Jacuzzi bathroom overlooking the turquoise waters of the lagoon, plunge pools on the large sundeck, four poster beds and luxury furniture, fittings and amenities.

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If you fancy a real treat, why not for one evening let Coco Palm organise the 154 square meters of one of the most exclusive suites of the Maldives, with a superb plunge pool, Jacuzzi and direct access to the lagoon. With unobstructed ocean views, you could have a truly romantic setting from which to admire the sunset. Awake to the pleasure of enjoying a champagne breakfast served in the privacy of your Suite. (Please note that this experience is subject to room availability).

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