World’s Most Romantic Destinations

Looking to rekindle the flames with a romantic escape? From the Maldives' secluded beaches to Savannah’s charming B&Bs, these destinations are perfect for woo-ing your significant other.

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Venice, Italy
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Venice, Italy

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Venice, Italy

The world's most eligible bachelor finally tied the knot. George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin at Hotel Aman, a historic hotel on Venice's iconic Canal Grande. This 16th-century palazzo, which was built on water, housed Venice's elite for centuries before it opened as a luxury hotel in 2013 (prices start at about $1,000 a night for a standard room). It's a mix of old and new — frescoes hang in some of the 24 guest rooms, but there's also a spa and fitness center. The most romantic part of staying here? Guests arrive via boat or gondola. 960 1280

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Provence, France

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Provence, France

Hollywood's hottest power couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, finally made their almost-decade union official, as they exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval. But this isn’t just any 17th-century estate in Provence, France -- Hollywood’s royal couple owns the enchanting domain that sits on 1,000 sprawling acres in the ancient village of Correns and is reported to have 35 rooms, a vineyard and a moat (perfect for keeping the paparazzi out). 960 1280

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Florence, Italy

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Florence, Italy

The world went abuzz when this power couple tied the knot in a stunning Italian villa in Florence. The 16th-century fortress, Forte di Belvedere, which costs more than $400,000 to rent for a day, was originally commissioned by the powerful Medici family in 1590. With sweeping panoramic views from its walls, this star-shaped fortress was the perfect spot for the wedding of a star couple like Kim and Kanye. 960 1280

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Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, South of France

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, South of France

The Canadian singer and Nickelback frontman exchanged vows in a romantic outdoor ceremony overlooking the Mediterranean coast at the medieval Chateau de La Napoule in Mandelieu. The rock ‘n’ roll dinner reception featuring locally caught lobster and sea bass raged on until sunrise. 960 1280

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Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish, Philipsburg, MT

Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish, Philipsburg, MT

Hollywood couple Kate Bosworth and director Michael Polish celebrated their big day on 6,600 scenic acres in Big Sky country. Bosworth’s 4-day wedding celebration included a modern hoedown, horseback riding and a farm-to-table reception at The Ranch at Rock Creek near Philipsburg, MT. The bride arrived in a horsedrawn carriage before walking down a wildflower-adorned aisle at her mountaintop nuptials -- talk about a fairytale. 960 1280

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Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto, Palm Beach, FL

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto, Palm Beach, FL

The NBA legend wed the former model at Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, FL (where Donald and Melanie Trump also tied the knot). Built in 1925, the beautiful Episcopal Church was built in the English Gothic Revival style and boasts Tiffany stained-glass windows. The reception that followed was held in a 40,000-square-foot tent (to accommodate approximately 2,000 guests) at the Bear’s Club --an exclusive golfing (and gated) community in Jupiter, FL, where Jordan owns a home. 960 1280

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

The R&B singer and Sports Illustrated model said "I Do" at the Villa Pizzo, nestled in the Italian hillside. Guests were driven in golf carts to the lakeside location in Lake Como -- where they fell in love. 960 1280

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Matt Damon and Luciana Barrosso, St. Lucia

Matt Damon and Luciana Barrosso, St. Lucia

After nearly 8 years of marriage, Matt Damon and his wife Luciana lavishly renewed their vows in the Caribbean. They rented out St. Lucia’s entire Sugar Beach Resort for roughly 50 guests, including BFF’s Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner. Married under thatched roofs at sunset, the newlyweds -- with their daughters in tow -- headed to the beach for a cocktail reception complete with tiki torches. 960 1280

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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez, Vallery, France

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez, Vallery, France

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry tied the knot with French beau, actor Olivier Martinez, in an intimate ceremony at the Chateau des Conde in Vallery in France’s Burgundy region. Berry and Martinez’s guests partied all night in the romantic Renaissance castle. Fitting for a star wedding, a unique fireworks display, which even included snow and water, concluded the festivities in the chateau gardens. 960 1280

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Charleston, SC

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Charleston, SC

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds exchanged vows at Boone Hall Plantation, one of America’s oldest working plantations. The romantic “Avenue of Oaks,” a 3/4-mile pathway bordered on each side by 268-year-old giant oaks draped with Spanish moss, is just one of the reasons this is such a dream wedding destination. 960 1280

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Fasano, Brindisi, Italy

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Fasano, Brindisi, Italy

Justin Timerlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot at the Borgo Egnazia Resort in Fasano, in Italy’s Puglia region. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the gorgeous 40-acre grounds are fit for a fantasy wedding, with ornate stone architecture and 28 villas, each with private pools and gardens. 960 1280

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Bracciano, Rome, Italy

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Bracciano, Rome, Italy

Though they didn’t end up happily-ever-after, who could forget the fairytale wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? The lavish nighttime wedding was held at one of Italy’s most stunning landmarks, Odescalchi Castle at Lake Bracciano, where Martin Scorsese and Isabella Rossellini also once wed. 960 1280

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Brooke Burke and David Charvet, St. Barts

Brooke Burke and David Charvet, St. Barts

Brooke Burke and David Charvet had an intimate sunset wedding ceremony on a sailboat off St. Barts. The star-studded Caribbean island is a hotspot for celebrities and a favorite vacation spot for this famous couple. 960 1280

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Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, Big Sur, CA

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, Big Sur, CA

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman tied the knot on a private estate on California's Big Sur coast. The wedding weekend started with a rehearsal dinner at Ventana Inn and Spa, a luxurious hillside hideaway with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Turks and Caicos

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Turks and Caicos

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got hitched in an idyllic Caribbean paradise, Parrot Cay Resort in Turks and Caicos. After exchanging vows on the powdery white sand beach, the couple spent their wedding night and a few days afterward at the laid-back and very private resort. 960 1280

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The Beckhams, Dublin, Ireland

The Beckhams, Dublin, Ireland

The Beckhams are often viewed as unofficial royalty, so it’s only fitting that the famous duo wed in Luttrellstown Castle, a 15th-- century castle in County Dublin, Ireland. The couple spent their wedding night at the royal suite in the luxurious castle resort, which sprawls over a lush and magical 560-acre estate. 960 1280

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski said their "I dos" at the grand Villa d'Este in Italy's Lake Como region. Dating back to the 16th century, this palatial estate is fit for nobility, with beautiful English gardens, stalely decor and majestic views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains. 960 1280

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Jaipur, India

Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Jaipur, India

While singer Katy Perry’s marriage to Russell Brand was short-lived, it certainly began with a memorable, exotic wedding in Jaipur, India. An unexpected ceremony for an equally unpredictable couple, the Indian-themed wedding was held at Sher Bagh resort in Rajasthan, a luxury eco-resort on the edge of Ranthambore National Park, known for its tiger population. 960 1280

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, Fiji

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, Fiji

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott eloped to Wakaya Club and Spa in Fiji. A perfect star-hideaway in the South Pacific, this private island resort rests upon a 2,200-acre island with a protected coral reef, endless white-sand beaches and blue lagoons. 960 1280

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Montmartre
Montmarte

Montmarte

Montmartre is set on a hill in northern Paris. It’s a great spot to take your significant other for breathtaking views of the city. Wander through the narrow, winding streets lined with small cafes and shops. Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh were just a few well-renowned artists who had studios or worked in the Parisian neighborhood. 960 1280

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Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Couples can take a romantic stroll down the tree-lined Champs-Élysées, the most famous street in Paris, to the Arc de Triomphe. There are dozens of restaurants, theaters and shops along the street, and what’s more romantic than a new Chanel bag? Get a chocolate massage at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, located nearby, if shopping isn't your thing. 960 1280

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Pont des Arts

Pont des Arts

The Pont des Arts is another hot spot for lovers. The pedestrian bridge sits over the Seine River. It offers a picturesque view of Île de la Cité, and street musicians help create a wonderful, romantic vibe. 960 1280

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Spend quality time with your sweetheart more than 1,000 feet in the air, getting one of the best views of the City of Light. The Eiffel Tower is the perfect place to propose, but you may have to wait in a long line to take your love to new heights, especially during the spring and summer. Avoid the crowds by packing a basket for a nice picnic in the park below the towering tourist attraction. 960 1280

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Luxembourg Palace and Gardens

Luxembourg Palace and Gardens

The gardens surrounding the Luxembourg Palace has been a hotbed of romance for centuries. Famous couples — from Napoleon and Josephine to Jean-Paul Sarte and Simone de Beauvior — frequented the gardens. Today, lovers still stroll among the beautiful statues, fountains and flowerbeds. 960 1280

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Gare de Lyon's Le Train Bleu

Gare de Lyon's Le Train Bleu

Gare de Lyon is one of the 6 large railway terminals in Paris, but inside, Le Train Bleu restaurant has all the makings for a romantic night. The opulent restaurant, built in 1901, has grandiose sculptures, mural-covered walls and ceilings, crystal chandeliers and shiny brass fittings. Famous regulars included Jean Cocteau, Coco Chanel and Salvador Dali. The fixed-price menu is about $70 per person, whereas the a la carte menu costs about $90 per person. It’s expensive but worth a trip to wine and dine your sweetie. 960 1280

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Wall of "I Love You's"

Wall of "I Love You's"

Located in Paris’ 18th arrondissement, Le Mur Des Je T’aime, aka the Wall of "I Love You's," was created by Frederic Baron and Claire Kito. It has become a meeting place for lovers of love. The wall has “I Love You” written in 250 different languages. 960 1280

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Palace de Versailles

Palace de Versailles

For the adventurous couple, take an hour-long train ride to Versailles to visit the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of King Louis XIV. Spend a few hours visiting the chateau, the manicured gardens and the Domain de Marie-Antoinette. Rent a bike to get around the huge estate and travel down to the main canal, where visitors can rent a paddleboat built for 2. 960 1280

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The Louvre

The Louvre

What’s not to love about visiting the Louvre? It's one of the world’s largest museums, and it's the most-visited art museum in the world. The Louvre is a great tourist attraction for art lovers, with a variety of artwork, including the Greek sculpture Venus de Milo, Antonio de Correggio’s Venus and Cupid With a Satyr, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Paolo Veronese’s The Wedding at Cana. 960 1280

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Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Le Marais’ Place des Vosges, originally known as the Place Royale, is the oldest planned square in Paris. Catch some sun on the lawn; take a relaxing stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries; and hop on La Grande Roue, aka the Ferris wheel, to wrap up a fun-filled day with your sweetheart. 960 1280

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Île Saint Louis

Île Saint Louis

Take a casual stroll along the Seine near the Île St. Louis, but make sure you bring a blanket, a bottle of wine and some cheese with you. Lay out with your sweetheart, and watch the boats or foot traffic go by. It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the sights. 960 1280

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Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier

Pick up 2 tickets for a show at the opulent Palais Garnier. The elegant opera house, built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera, is one of the most famous opera houses in the world.  It was the setting for Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel The Phantom of the Opera. 960 1280

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Sacré Coeur Basilica

Sacré Coeur Basilica

The Sacré Coeur Basilica, located in the Paris’ Montmartre neighborhood, is also a popular romantic getaway. Climb the stairs for a spectacular view of the city. The sights and the basilica may inspire you to propose to the one you love. Why not? It's the perfect spot. 960 1280

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Saint Germain des Prés

Saint Germain des Prés

St. Germain des Prés is a small area located around the church of the former Abbey of St. Germain des Prés. Pick up a cup of coffee and sit for a spell at a number of famous cafes in the neighborhood, including Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. It’s a great place for lovers who enjoy people-watching. 960 1280

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont is unquestionably one of Paris’ most romantic settings. It has all the ingredients to qualify it as romantic, including cliffs, grottoes, waterfalls and a lake. Take a long hike up to the replica of Tivoli’s Temple of the Sybille for a kiss on a cliff overlooking the city’s sights. 960 1280

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Zuma Beach (Malibu, CA)

Zuma Beach (Malibu, CA)

We don’t believe there’s anything more romantic than walking on the beach at sunset with the one you love. Next time you’re on the West Coast, visit Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA. Our pick for most romantic stroll to say I love you 960 1280

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

We picked beautiful Vancouver as the most romantic city to wake up in. Breakfast in bed, followed by a walk along the cobblestone streets, is the perfect setup to say I love you. 960 1280

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Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Take a romantic stroll in Venice, known for its beautiful architecture, canals, bridges and gondolas. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

Is there a better city to say I love you in  than Paris? 960 1280

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Pacific Coast Highway (California)

Pacific Coast Highway (California)

Dust off grandpa’s corvette and take a gorgeous drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the route are breathtaking views -- perfect for picnicking and romance. 960 1280

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Catalina Island, California

Catalina Island, California

Easily accessible for a day or overnight trip, the beautiful Catalina Island off Southern California’s coast is a romantic getaway for 2. 960 1280

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L'Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ)

L'Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ)

Known for its massive red rocks, Sedona, AZ, is also known for its romantic getaways. Visit the luxurious L'Auberge de Sedona, a hotel, resort and spa featuring elegant accommodations and award-winning dining. Another perfect romantic getaway for 2. 960 1280

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Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)

Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)

A romantic meal and an exquisite sunset will nearly take the words -- I love you -- right out of your mouth. Visit Rutherford, CA, for Auberge du Soleil, a Michelin-star restaurant, hotel and spa resort in Northern California. 960 1280

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Vermillion Lake (Banff, Alberta)

Vermillion Lake (Banff, Alberta)

If the great outdoors are more your speed, Banff in Alberta, Canada, should sing to you. Our pick for best place to fall in love and say I love you.  960 1280

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16 restored cottages at The Cottages at Cabot Cove in Kennebunkport, ME, offer a romantic respite from daily life. 960 1280

The Cottages at Cabot Cove  

Best-selling romance author Nora Roberts is at the helm of Maryland's Inn BoonsBoro. 960 1280

Bruce Wilder  

The romantic Inn BoonsBoro is inspired by some of literature's great love stories. 960 1280

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The Governor's House in Hyde Park 960 1280

The Governor's House in Hyde Park  

Less than an hour from Denver, the Inn at the Highland Haven delivers rustic-chic romance. 960 1280

Owner, Gail Riley  

Each room at Highland Haven has a private entrance and bathroom so there are no intrusions on your romantic getaway. 960 1280

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Each room at Two Meeting Street in Charleston, SC, exudes Southern charm. 960 1280

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Celebrate love at Swann House, a romantic urban getaway in an 1883 mansion in Washington, DC's Dupont Circle. 960 1280

Swann House Historic Dupont Inn  

A grand Washington beauty, Swann House has 12 rooms, each displaying its own unique personality. 960 1280

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couple kisses while skiing

couple kisses while skiing

Michael and Marcia of Fort Collins, CO, kiss atop Loveland Ski Area in Colorado prior to the start of the 20th Annual Marry Me & Ski Free Mountaintop Matrimony on Valentine's Day. More than 75 couples were pre-registered to marry or renew their vows on the Continental Divide in this yearly Loveland tradition. 960 1280

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Couple kisses in front of hot air balloons

Couple kisses in front of hot air balloons

Chang kisses Wu after she accepts his wedding proposal during the Taiwan International Hot Air Balloon Festival in the Taiwanese township of Luye. 960 1280

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Couple kisses with their love padlocks

Couple kisses with their love padlocks

A young couple kiss next to their personal "love lock," which was locked on some time ago. Thousands of so-called “love padlocks” hang from a fence across the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany. Love locks are a growing phenomenon in cities across Europe, and are left behind by couples as a symbol of their love for each another. 960 1280

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Couple kisses at Stonehenge

Couple kisses at Stonehenge

A couple kiss and embrace at a sunrise service at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. 960 1280

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Husband and wife kiss at the airport

Husband and wife kiss at the airport

Tech Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo kisses his wife Lalaine upon his arrival at Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Ricardo was among the last of more than 300 Air Force personnel to return home from Iraq. 960 1280

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Giraffe kisses lady

Giraffe kisses lady

When’s the last time you were kissed by a giraffe? A visitor offers food, in pellet-form, to one of them at the Giraffe Centre near Nairobi, Kenya. 960 1280

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Couple kissing on the street

Couple kissing on the street

Christina Careaga (R) and Hannah Thielmann kiss as they celebrate NYC’s ruling to allow gay marriage, during the city’s annual Gay Pride March. 960 1280

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couple kiss on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge

couple kiss on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge

A couple kiss on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge in Paris. The bridge, which crosses the Seine River, has been featured in many movies and TV shows, including Sex and the City. 960 1280

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Bhutan’s royal couple kisses

Bhutan’s royal couple kisses

Bhutan’s royal couple, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, kiss in front of thousands of fellow citizens at the celebration ground at ChangLeme Thang in Thimphu, Bhutan. 960 1280

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Couple kisses during the 17th Woodstock Festival

Couple kisses during the 17th Woodstock Festival

Revelers kiss during the 17th Woodstock Festival in the Polish town of Kostrzyn, on the country’s border with Germany. 960 1280

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girl "kissing" sphinx

girl "kissing" sphinx

We thought this was creative. A tourist poses for a picture with the Sphinx at the Great Pyramids of Giza near Cairo. 960 1280

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A couple embraces during a festival

A couple embraces during a festival

A couple embrace among the tents on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset. 960 1280

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Couple kisses underwater

Couple kisses underwater

Aquarists Kathryn O'Connor and James Oliver kiss in an underwater wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day at the Sea Life London Aquarium. 960 1280

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couple kisses during an event

couple kisses during an event

A couple kiss during a rally known as a "kissing marathon for education" in Santiago, Chile, to demand change in the country’s public state education system. 960 1280

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recently married couple kisses

recently married couple kisses

Fred Wood of Texas kisses his just-wed wife Zits Yun from Ukraine after getting married in Las Vegas. 960 1280

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Couple kisses at Revolution Square

Couple kisses at Revolution Square

A young couple kiss by the fountain at Revolution Square in Mexico City during Valentine's Day. 960 1280

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