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3 Ideal Places In Europe For A Romantic City Break

The Trevi fountains in Rome, Italy are just one of many things you can see on a romantic city break in Europe!

As the gloom of winter reaches its lowest point, it seems there aren’t many things around to bring energy into our lives. The cold rain, mist (and occasional snow) drain us of our motivations, and the early darkness of January is enough to make anybody question why one would live so far north at this time of year.  Both you and your partner need a pick-me-up, and fast.

Fortunately, you two have the perfect excuse to get the bloody hell out of town … Valentine’s Day! Since it is easy as pie to leave your car at short stay parking at Heathrow, a holiday of this nature is well within your reach, even if you don’t live directly within Central London.

Over on the continent, there is no shortage of cities where one can get away at a moment’s notice. Not only do they prove that living in Europe has its advantages at any time of the year, but they also provide a deep bench of romantic destinations where you can have an intimate weekend with your adorable snugglebunny (or whatever pet name that you have for your love).

Today, we will share three cities that are no-brainers for rekindling the spark in your relationship, no matter how dour the weather might be at home.

1) Paris, France

Out of all the cities on our list, Paris is the metropolis that sticks out like a sore thumb, given that “the city of love” is one of its nicknames. There are many romantic attractions that will vie for your attention, but start your day in Montmartre, a district that is set on a hill, for some gasp-inducing views of Paris in all its ageless glory.

Head to the Wall of “I Love You’s”, known in French as Le Mur Des Je T’Aime, to revel in the corniness of that famous phrase, written in 250 different languages. Finally, after a sensuous dinner at Laperouse, a restaurant set in an atmospheric 17th century mansion, go out for an evening of high society entertainment at Palais Garnier, a century-old opera house that was immortalized in Gaston’s Leroux’s seminal work, “The Phantom Of The Opera”.

2) Rome, Italy

The Italians also give the French a run for their Euros in the romance Olympics with their ancient capital, Roma.  After doing the mandatory hand-in-hand stroll past the Trevi Fountains, head up Aventine Hill to give your lover the surprise of a lifetime. At the top, there is a place referred to as the Aventine keyhole, an arch in the headquarters of the Priory of the Knights of Malta, where the dome of St. Peter’s Cathedral is perfectly framed between the ivy covered walls of that building.

Afterwards, check out some exquisite art at Villa Farnesina and then attempt to re-create the infamous scene from Disney’s Lady And The Tramp, by getting some plates of pasta at Ristorante Pecorino, located at Via Galvani, 54, a wonderful place to have authentic Italian pasta.

3) Budapest, Hungary

If you want to take your relationship to new places, then head to one of the hottest new places to get away for a romantic city break: Budapest, Hungary. Head to the Fisherman’s Bastion on the River Danube to get a sweeping view of this historic Central European gem, then check out its thermal baths, which are Budapest’s biggest claims to fame.

After a relaxing soak among character-filled bath houses, go to the docks on the Danube, where river cruises are offered.  With a glass of authentic Hungarian champagne each, toast each other for the red hot love that you still share with each other even after all these years.

You may not have time for a proper holiday this winter, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t escape the city of a weekend of quality time with your loved one this Valentine’s Day.  By taking advantage of your proximity to some of the most starkly beautiful metropolises on the planet, you will keep stoking the flames of passion that are key to a successful long-term relationship!

Travel Tip of The Week: Importance of Having a Credit Card for Traveling

restaurant that accepts credit cards in Paris.

While some people might be wary of any type of credit card post the economic crisis a few years ago, having a credit card for traveling is really a necessity this day in age, and something that can offer you financial protection, options for payment and save you money on the road. Read on to see why!

1. So you can rent a car!

When you’re traveling, and especially abroad, there isn’t going to be much holding you accountable to contracts (ya sounds good, right?). You don’t live there and can always just leave and never come back, so why would a car rental company let you take one of their vehicles without some sort of collateral or assurance you can cover the cost of wrecking? With a credit card, they can always charge you if you happen to crash or at least put in a claim which will negatively affect your credit if you don’t pay. Having credit is a way to show that you are responsible and let you rent vehicles, and not to mention many hotels require them as well!

2. So you can avoid ATM charges.

No one likes having to take out cash all the time while traveling because of the big ATM fees that not only the machine charges, but also your bank at home. Thankfully, most countries in Europe and around the world accept credit cards almost everywhere now, and there are some credit cards without foreign transaction fees or currency exchange fees so you can use it just like at home and avoid the ATM as much as possible. Just do a search online to compare credit cards that are best for traveling to make sure you find one that that is available from your home country and that you will qualify for.

3. So you can earn rewards

If you have to spend money anyways, why not use a credit card with rewards to earn points or money for your next big trip! Many credit cards offer either point or cash back systems. If you’re using a point system, you might be able to earn more for flights or hotels, but with cash back, you are a bit more flexible to do whatever you want with your rewards. Don’t forget to use your credit card while traveling for fraud protection and of course to earn a few more of those nice rewards! Just don’t forget to call and set up a travel notification before you leave.

These are just a few reasons why having a credit card while traveling is both important and beneficial. Feel free to comment below if you have any other tips!