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Perfect Places to Propose Around the World

Bophut Beach, Koh Samui
Empire State Building
Empire State Building

So I’m sure we all know a couple who got engaged at the top of the Empire State building? I for one know three! As Valentine’s day fast approaches it has got me thinking about people declaring their undying love and asking for their partner’s hand in marriage. I’ll put money on at least one notification regarding an engagement popping up on my Facebook feed on or around 14th February. Why not propose on Valentine’s Day? It is the most romantic day of the year after all.

'Love is in the air'
‘Love is in the air’

Of course not all proposals are done on Valentine’s day. Some people propose at Christmas or on birthdays, is this because one half of the couple doesn’t actually know what to buy their other half as a present? (*joke*) Regardless of when the proposal, I’m sure we all have/had a vision of where it should take place. I am of course a happily married women to the fantastic Mr ESLT (no he didn’t pay me to say that!) and I was super lucky to get a fantastically romantic proposal.

Are you thinking about proposing to your special someone? Do you need inspiration? Check these out:-

Gondola ride on the canals of Venice, Italy
Gondola ride on the canals of Venice
  • Venice, Italy – This city is the place that dreams are made of and until you have visited it’s actually hard to believe that it exists. A city based on water without a car in sight, lavish baroque buildings and narrow streets. Everything about this place screams romance and I am very lucky to say that this is the city that Mr ESLT got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. A perfect way to celebrate? Take a gondola ride on the canals of course (oh and eat pizza!).
  • Barbados Beach
    Barbados Beach

    Barbados – how lovely is the thought of laying on a white sandy beach, basking in the sun and drinking straight from a coconut? The chilled out atmosphere of this Caribbean island would be the perfect place for a romantic proposal over a seafood meal which has been freshly caught that day on evening dinner cruise. Imagine the magical blue sky merging with the crystal clear sea on the horizon whilst sitting with your beloved contemplating your wedding day and the rest of your lives together whilst listening to the soft calypso music.

  • Umbrella at The Rock Bar, Bali
    Umbrella at The Rock Bar, Bali

    Bali – this is a broad one as there are so many places that a romantic proposal could happen, there are also a number of places where I wouldn’t bother if you want the answer to be yes. Even though I have previously said that I actually didn’t hate Kuta, I still wouldn’t advise getting down on one knee with ring in one hand and a bucket of booze in the other. Instead, what about one of the glorious beaches or push the boat out and take a visit to the Rock Bar in Jimberan for sunset.

  • Prague castle from the waterfront
    Prague castle from the waterfront

    Prague, Czech Republic – an odd one to add you may think? Unless you’ve been that is. This spot was a toss up between Prague and Budapest in neighbouring Hungary. Both beautiful, historic cities that look like they are the setting for a fairytale with plenty of breathtaking places that a proposal could go down. For me though Prague just pipped it. I recommend up at the castle with views over the city, on Charles Bridge or what about in  the Old Town Square in front of the astronomical clock?

  • The beautiful Lake District
    The beautiful Lake District

    The Lake District, England – I love the Lake District, on a beautiful summer’s day it is one of the best places in the world. You can visit one of the, what feels like, million and one pubs, take long strolls around the lakes or even take a boat ride on one. The scenery here is breath taking and you will see sites here that will stay with you for a long time. Why not propose at the edge of one of the 20 or so major lakes with the rolling hills in the background? Stunning!

  • Bophut Beach, Koh Samui
    Bophut Beach, Koh Samui

    Koh Samui, Thailand – I’ve added Koh Samui to the list because it holds a special place in my heart as it’s where Mr ELST and I honeymooned back in 2011. It would make the perfect backdrop for a romantic proposal. Why not book a table at one of the many intimate restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf in Bophut, enjoy a beautiful Thai meal accompanied by a couple of bottles of ice cold Chang. Then walk hand in hand along the beautiful beach feeling the hot soft sand between your toes, beautiful.

  • The Louvre, Paris
    The Louvre, Paris

    Paris, France – It’s hard to write a list of potential proposal places without including the city of love itself. Here you will find so many iconic structures including the obvious place, the Eiffel Tower. Having been up the Eiffel Tower and indulged in a glass of champers, I will admit it is very romantic but there are so many other places this city offers including The Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre and the stunning Sacré-Cœur.

  • Panoramic view of Florence
    Panoramic view of Florence

    Florence, Italy – the first trip Mr ESLT and I took together was to Florence just a couple of weeks after first meeting. We loved the place so much we came back to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary and I’m sure it won’t be the last time. As the centre of the Italian Renaissance it screams elegance and romance. I think the ideal spot is the Piazzale Michelangelo which is a square on the left bank offering panoramic views over the city from its terrace. Hike up there or take the bus, the views are worth it. Celebrate with gelato and/or prosecco!

  • Balloon Ride over Cappadocia
    Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

    Cappadocia, Turkey – a very striking place, perhaps not conventionally pretty. It is most famous for unique geological features called the fairy chimneys which are rock formations that have been shaped like that over years of erosion around them. Maybe a place for the more adventurous proposer as you can hike the Goreme National Park and explore the Cappadocia cave dwellings. But the pièce de résistance here are definitely the hot air balloon rides you can take over the arid landscape at sun rise, what a great way to start your day.

  • La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
    La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

    Barcelona, Spain – even though Barcelona is a sprawling metropolis of a city that doesn’t detract from the fact that it is actually quite a romantic place. Why not learn the Sardana, a dance which is a tradition in Catalan culture, or indulge in some delicious tapas and a bottle of cava at one of the restaurants on Las Ramblas or the marina? Of course no trip to Barcelona would be complete without exploring Gaudi’s magnificent architecture – Case Batlló, Park Güell and of course the world famous La Sagrada Familia, perhaps a proposal in its shadow?

 

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7 comments on “Perfect Places to Propose Around the World

  1. I don’t know anyone who has gotten engaged at the Empire State Building! I do wanna hear more about your proposal in Venice though.

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    • Really?! Gosh, it’s a very popular place to do it, it must be a British thing. I suppose it doesn’t have the same appeal if you live in NYC??? Ah Venice, t’was fantastic! Might write a post about it 🙂

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  2. okirkbride

    Great post. I proposed to my wife on Clarke’s Beach, Byron Bay, as the sun was setting.

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    • Thank you. Wow I bet that was so romantic!? We fell in love with Byron Bay when we visited a couple of years ago. Was it a special place before you popped the question? And what made you choose there?

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      • okirkbride

        I knew I was going to ask somewhere whilst in Australia and this place just seemed perfect. Also gives us an excuse to go back! A lot of pressure carrying a ring for this length of time!

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        • I love it and what a romantic story you have to tell! I can imagine carrying a ring would be soooo stressful. Mr ESLT proposed on our first night in Venice as he was so panicky that he would lose it or someone would steal it 🙂

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