February is the month of luuurve. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether it’s your first Valentine’s together, whether you’ve been happily married for years, or if you’re planning on spending it with friends, here are a few of our suggestions of some dreamy destinations to consider.
‘O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?’
Personally for me, Verona is the most romantic city in Europe (as opposed to predictable Paris). After all, it is the birthplace of the ‘star-crossed lovers’, Romeo and Juliet.
Verona owes her beauty to the majesty of Roman design, with hints of Gothic detail. Walking through the historic streets of Verona, you will no doubt be amazed by the rich architecture that surrounds the city. Segway tours are on offer if you fancy a non-conventional way of sightseeing, and you simply cannot go wrong with Italian food! So if you do head out there, check out the many Pizzerias and Gelatarias that Verona has on offer.
Another one for the bucket list is a visit to Casa di Giuletta, to see Juliet’s famous balcony. Leave a love note for your beau on the wall, or partake in the tradition of touching the right breast of Juliet’s statue to guarantee you a lifetime of luckiness in love.
I tried this out when I visited Verona, and it doesn’t seemed to have worked. Nethertheless I was 10 at the time, so maybe there is an age restriction on this tradition.
Did you know that South Africa has three unofficial capitals? The most well known being Cape Town. Cape Town may not seem the most obvious choice for your romantic frolics, however the breathtaking scenery and the wonderful array of truly scrumptious dining will make you quickly change your mind.
The city’s architecture is greatly influenced by the Dutch occupation. The best way to admire the design is by taking a stroll through the city or signing up to a walking tour.
Sunsets in Cape Town are the most awe-inspiring I have ever seen. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, views from Table Mountain are second to none and Cape Town is the perfect location for adventurous lovers. It was here, that I saw the Milky Way for the first time and a display of shooting stars soaring through the sky (note – this is not guaranteed!).
Take a hike in Table Mountain National Park or hire some bikes out for the day. From my own previous experience, ensure you follow one of the designated routes! We went completely off track in the wrong direction and it took some Tarzan moves to ensure we got back to civilisation safely. Take a picnic, sneak in some local South African wine, and enjoy the splendid views and the best of what this city has to offer. You cannot go wrong with Cape Town, and you will leave, pining for more.
New York City
One of my favourite movie scenes of all time is from Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan meet atop the Empire State Building (the perfect setting for any amour to blossom right?).
My favourite place to eat is at Rosa Mexicano, on the Upper West Side. The atmosphere is ideal for a a night out with your amour, particularly if you’re a fan of ‘top-notch’- Mexican food. Wrap up warm and catch the elevator up to the top floor of the Empire State Building to watch the antics of the city that never sleeps.
I might be being bias but the Big Apple has got to be my favourite city. My favourite part is Central Park (which can be found right in the centre of the city), purely because I love the contrast of nature against the concrete jungle. It’s beautiful all year round, I have spent hours there just people watching and watching the world go by. This nugget of loveliness just seeps bliss and it is even nicer when you can enjoy it with a loved one.
If the concrete jungle isn’t for you, you might prefer long romantic walks along a beach, with the sea breeze blowing in your face and the sand slipping between your toes. If this sounds like it might be up your street then Honolulu is the place for you –this would be my number one pick for nature and animal lovers.
Take a horseback ride on its divine beaches while taking in the beautiful scenery.
You cannot go to Honolulu without visiting the turtles (think Finding Nemo!). The best way to meet these friends of the island is by actually getting into the water. Grab a snorkel plus a waterproof camera and swim alongside these water creatures, undoubtedly making for an unforgettable experience.
Once the evening emerges take your pick from any of the restaurants on the oceanfront, then crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy the wonderful music that Hawaii has to offer. Maybe even get up for a boogie.
Disclaimer: Hawaiian shirt and hula skirt are a must.
And more in Arhinarmah news…
It’s only February and it has already been a fabulous year thus far the AA Team. Aswell as taking part in our first ever trade show in January (Craft/Topdrawer) we were notified this week that we have been awarded ‘One of the Best Exhibition Stands’ status for the show by an organisation called Show Review UK. Look out for our mention in issue 106 (coming soon!)
More great publicity both in the form of our Jamestown cushions being featured in the Evening Standard newspaper in January and our Empire cushion being featured this month in Hello Magazine. Check us out on page 104 (February edition).
Last but definitely not least, this week’s meet the team profile is that of Piroska (affectionately known as Peachy). Find out what makes her tick below:
Name: Piroska (Peachy)
Title: Business Research Associate
Been with the Company since: October 2012
What I do: I undertake all sorts of brief, ad-hoc and in-depth research on the luxury homeware market.
Favourite collection: I love the Ashanti collection and particularly the Ashanti cushion. I love red color in clothes, lipsticks, shoes and any type of accessories and even in cars it has to be red for me. 🙂 My name (Piroska) means “little red” :).
Spare time: If I have spare time which I don’t because of my kids 🙂 I love making jewelry from beads. I can make rings, earrings, necklace, bracelets etc. Whenever I go on holiday abroad I always buy local beads. Murano glass beads are my all-time favourites.
New Year resolution: I decided to become more active and get my energy level back so I have joined the local gym.