How to Be Romantic

Raising kids and holding down a job can put a damper on anyone’s love life, but these tips on how to be romantic are designed as simple suggestions for rekindling a bit of the old passion. And even if you’re not married with children, you’ll find the ideas listed below worth trying out.

Five Suggestions for Being Romantic

Give Flowers – Guys will usually do this for Valentine’s Day, but giving flowers for no reason is even more romantic. There are a number of services that specialize in delivering roses, but bringing them yourself can be even more meaningful.

Frequent Eye Contact – Try staring into the eyes of your partner without saying a word. This simple gesture can speak volumes.

Doing Chores – While it may not be sexy, helping out around the house can be a romantic gesture in its own right.

Saying “I Love You” – When your partner least expects it, lean over and whisper “I love you.” When it comes to being romantic, there’s nothing more powerful than those three little words.

Candlelight – Atmosphere and romance often go hand in hand, so turn off the lights and fire up some candles.

More Tips for Increasing the Romance in Your Life

Poetry – Writing your partner a heartfelt love poem is a great way to express your emotions. If you run into too many problems, you can always recite works from the masters. I suggest Lord Byron and Shakespeare.

Unexpected Kisses – Getting kissed is popular with either gender, so surprise your partner with a kiss on the neck or mouth. One short kiss could lead to many more.

Holding Hands – We all held hands with our date when we were teenagers, but who says you have to stop when you’re an adult?

Steamy Movies – If there are no kids around, curl up on the sofa and pop in a steamy DVD to set the mood. I suggest films such as Body Heat and Wild Things.

The Power of Music – Have you ever put together a compilation of romantic songs for your significant other? Try it again and see what happens. Nostalgia can be a powerful tool.

Everyone has an idea of how to be romantic, but they often forget to follow through. I hope the tips in this article can serve as a gentle reminder of how easy it can be. The next time you’re alone with your significant other, give one or more of these a try. You may be surprised, and delighted, by what happens next.

Violet Van Cleef writes for the Deliver Roses website. Many of her articles are geared towards people who want to become a florist.

Top Five Most Romantic Cities

There are many reasons to travel, whether it’s the annual family summer holiday, or a romantic getaway with just your spouse, the destination must match the occasion. It’s true that many of the most popular vacation destinations in the world cater to all kinds of travelers, but there are a few that offer the best experience possible for those in search of Romance. Whether it’s your Honeymoon, or just an escape from every day life, choosing the most romantic destination can make the difference in your holiday experience. The best backdrop for lovers on vacation will of course depend on several factors, however, there are several that are by far the most coveted. Here are just the top five cities that have been considered the most romantic travel destinations in the world.

1) Venice, Italy: this is likely not a surprise for many, but this city is well known for it’s romantic setting for a reason. It doesn’t get more iconic than taking a ride down the canals, sitting at a quaint cafe, and admiring the picturesque skyline. This city offers a broad range of experiences for all kinds of couples. Whether you’re the active, sightseeing type, or the relaxed and leisurely kind. All couples will fall in love all over again in Venice.

2) Prague, Czech Republic: now this one, on the other hand, may be a surprise. This historical capital has much to offer, which explains it’s growing popularity as a coveted European destination. Much like many other favorite cities in Europe, Prague offers the iconic look and feel you’d come to expect from Europe. Everything from stunning cathedrals, to a romantic river cruises, to delicious cuisine can be found here. In fact, one of the most beautiful cafes in the world is in Prague, the Imperial Cafe; this cafe is so famous, it has appeared in a vast number of movies.

3) Paris, France: this city is often related with romance and love, and once you go and experience it in person, you’ll know why. The size and splendor of Paris is unrivaled, with many picturesque sites, along with quiet streets and parks to lose yourself in. You can have it all here, from romantic, candle lit dinners, to picnics in the park. You can find excitement, and privacy, in this city designed for lovers.

4) Lisbon, Portugal: many find busy capitals anything but romantic, but Lisbon is another European exception. With iconic trams, cobblestone streets, ocean views, shopping and more, you can have a little bit of everything in this Portuguese capital. Breath taking views can be found on hill tops through out the city, and the abundance of delicious, local wines are sure to set the mood.

5) Florence, Italy: don’t be surprised that two Italian cities made the list, as many could easily fill all five positions with this romantic country’s cities. Whether it’s the sprawling countryside, or the city’s center, Italy provides couples with the atmosphere and environment they’re craving for romance. Florence has the restaurants, sights, history, and charm that you’ve always been looking for on your romantic getaway.

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Gaming With Your Partner

I love gaming and I want to share it with everyone I know, fortunately enough, almost all the people I know are gaming enthusiasts so it’s not too hard to convince them to play a game of any kind. The one person I find an absolute struggle to get enthused about gaming is my girlfriend. Although gaming with the family is practically what the Wii was designed for, it isn’t the experience I want my girlfriend to share with me.

Don’t get me wrong, the accessibility of the Wii makes it a great machine and I love playing the Wii with my nieces and getting a good game of Wii Sports or Resort going, but I want the AAA title  experience to be portrayed across to my girlfriend. I have tried and tested several games to involve my lovely lady and I will give you a run down of the successes and the failures I have experienced.

One of the first experiences that showed that there was potential to get my lady interested in the world of gaming was when I was playing Fable 2, she really enjoyed the interactivity and pleasant scenery. I then explained to her how we age in the game and take on characteristics of good or evil depending on our actions throughout the game. This was a positive start as she was fairly interested but there wasn’t enough happening in the game to hold her fleeting interest. Verdict: 5/10

I thought the blockbuster action and thrill of the Call of Duty games and the movie like production would keep her interested for the entirety, but the lack of interaction for her to jump in and have a run about meant she didn’t get the enjoyment of seeing planes fall through the sky or buildings blow up in the distance. She’s not really into the action genre of film so this was the key indicator of her disinterest. Verdict: 3/10

I love playing football games and I love watching football, it is safe to say that my girlfriend does not share the same enthusiasm for the beautiful game, if football is on the television it is reason enough to get angry, but she understands the interest I have in the sport. But the times she finds me playing Fifa 11 have ended catastrophically. It is safe to say she doesn’t have any interest in the football game genre. Verdict: 0/10

One of the few games she has really got into the story of was Assassins Creed Brotherhood, the fairly accessible running across roofs meant she could join in with running from one place to another, but she was fairly inept at the fighting game play. But the story of Ezio Auditore da Firenze and his struggles against the Borgia and renovating all the locations throughout Rome really held her interest. Verdict: 7/10

Heavy Rain is the number one choice for you to enjoy with your girlfriend, she can get involved in making some choices and enjoying the story, letting it play out and seeing what happens. This has been the game of choice and I was disappointed when it ended as it is not often that a game like that comes along that my girlfriend can enjoy. Verdict: 10/10

There are a whole bunch of other games that need to be mentioned for their accessibility if not their amazing storyline, Worms and Tiger Woods PGA Tour are great games for the two of you to enjoy whilst getting slightly competitive, whilst games such as Jet Set Radio have an artistic feel about them. I feel the next game we can both sit down and enjoy is going to be Rockstar’s Cop Drama L.A Noire. For that I can’t wait.

Andy is a gaming enthusiast and is currently working for a company that offers great Spa Hotels at decent prices. Follow him on his twitter @andym23