Top 7 places to share a romantic kiss

Top 7 places to share a romantic kiss

Pucker up! There’s nothing like sharing a passionate smooch, especially in one of these swoon-worthy destinations

1. Paris, Oscar Wilde's grave

"For each man kills the thing he loves," said Oscar Wilde, and that was almost true for the hordes of adoring fans who left lipstick-stained kisses on the poet's grave. A cult practice since the early 90s, lipstick-bearing fans are no longer able to plant a smooch on Wilde's grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery - the tomb has been protected by a glass barrier since 2011 to prevent damage to its surface.

Visitors can still visit the site though, and many now simply kiss the barrier instead. Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson, thinks some determined fans still find ways of reaching the parts that aren't protected - just don't kiss and tell.

2. Cork, Blarney Stone

For over 200 years, eager visitors have been kissing the Blarney Stone near Cork, in the hope of gaining the gift of persuasiveness and eloquence. According to legend, those who kiss the Blarney Stone, which is built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, will have the gift of the gab for life - whether this is true or not, the castle receives around 400,000 kissers a year, all keen to caress the stone.

Winston Churchill, Mick Jagger and Laurel and Hardy have all reportedly kissed the Blarney Stone; to do it you have to lean backwards over the edge of a parapet, holding onto an iron railing. Who knows, you might be able to woo a potential love interest with your new skills!

3. Venice, Bridge of Sighs

It's thought the Bridge of Sighs got its name from the sound the convicts of Venice made as they glimpsed their last view of the city on the walk to prison. A nicer theory, however, is that it's the sound that lovers make when they pass by the bridge.

Legend has it that if a couple kisses under the bridge while drifting below on a gondola at sunset, they will enjoy eternal love. True or not, it makes an excellent excuse to float under one of the most ornate and romantic bridges in the world.

4. Ellis Island, New York, The Kissing Post

Steeped in a history of longing and romance, the Kissing Post in New York Harbour earned its name at the turn of the 20th Century, as it was the site that millions of US immigrants were reunited with their families - usually after months of hardship and separation. Family members who had already been granted citizenship would eagerly wait for their husbands and wives at the column outside the Registry Room, where the new immigrants received their documents. The island is now a museum and those looking to re-enact a bit of romance can have a kiss on the first floor of the building where the post sits.

5. Woolwich, Ontario, Kissing Bridge

Ontario's last remaining covered bridge, the Kissing Bridge in Woolwich, is admittedly not very romantic to look at. Built in 1881 with reddish wooden panels, a dark roof and a slightly dishevelled look, the bridge doesn't quite rival other fabled overpasses. But inside, the soft light that penetrates the slatted windows provides a feeling of intimacy and if local legend is to be believed, your love will last forever if you share a kiss in the 60m long bridge.

6. Verona, Juliet's balcony

Romeo, Romeo, where for art though Romeo? Shakespeare's infamous young lovers declared undying love for one another on this balcony, making it the ultimate romantic place to share a kiss. Since 2009, hopeless romantics can actually get married on the balcony itself, which clings to the side of the beautiful Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House).

In the courtyard, the walls of the house are adorned with thousands of love notes from other star-crossed lovers (although new laws dictate where you can post notes - be careful or could you could face a €500 fine!).

7. Guanajuato, Mexico, Alley of the kiss

Star-crossed lovers and a desperately sad ending: the perfect recipe for a heart-wrenching romantic tale, and the perfect place to share a kiss. Callejon del Beso, or the Alley of the Kiss, in the Colonial city of Guanajuato, Central Mexico, was home to Carlos and Ana, two young people who lived opposite each other on the narrow alley.

Their balconies were just 69cm apart, and the young couple fell madly in love, despite Ana's father warning her away from Carlos. He eventually found out the young pair were an item and killed Ana on the balcony. Today couples in love who visit this site are told to kiss on the third step, which is painted red, to avoid seven years of bad luck.

 

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