Here it comes again, February 14th, the date ironically made famous for being both a day of love and massacres. Saint Valentine's Day supposedly originated from a feast dedicated to early Christian martyrs/saints named Valentine. However, the amorous associations with Valentine's Day are thought to have been perpetuated by the works of Chaucer. Today, backed by romantics and advertisers alike, the day is as popular as ever and still going strong as people around the world give gifts to their loved ones.
With romance in the air, the date is obviously a popular choice for those looking to "pop the question". And for fairytale-like appeal, many choose some of the world's most famous locations to ask the big question. So get off your butt, and down on bended knee in one of these exotic locales.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Paris is known as the city of love, and its most recognizable icon stands high above anything else. The Eiffel Tower attracts thousands of tourists every year, especially on Valentine's Day. Set along the Seine River, the icon and its surroundings always make hearts flutter.
Empire State Building, New York City, USA
Completed in 1931, the 102-storey Art Deco skyscraper is just one of the reasons New York City attracts thousands of visitors each year. Located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street, it was the world's tallest building for over 40 years. The observation deck on the 86th floors is prime location to drop to a knee and give that ring.
St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy
Considered by many to be the most romantic city in the world, Venice is a place of extraordinary architecture and beauty. Also known as Piazza San Marco, St. Mark's Square is the center of the city and central gathering places for tourist and romantics alike.
The London Eye, London, England
Standing 135 meters high the London Eye is the largest observation wheel in the world and offers breath-taking views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. A Champagne Capsule is recommended, giving enough privacy to take the leap (metaphorically of course). With a chilled glass of Laurent-Perrier, unrivaled views and complete privacy it's the perfect place to enjoy the moment.
Maya Beach, Phi Phi Island, Thailand
What's better than a secluded tropical paradise? Pretty much nothing at all. Widely recognized as one of the world's most pristine beaches with powdery white sand and turquoise waters, Phi Phi Island's Maya Beach is a stunning sight for sure. After being chosen as the location for the film The Beach, it has attracted thousands to experience Thailand's natural beauty.
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
The big mist straddles the border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the state of New York. The massive waterfalls are renowned for their rare beauty, awesome power and alluring aura. It's a popular spot for both proposals and honeymoons.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
One of the most significant monuments for Australians, Sydney's beautiful steel arch bridge features a dramatic view from the top (bridge climb tours are available). The bridge, harbor and the nearby Sydney Opera House make it a magical memorable location. The area provides a romantic backdrop for the grand gesture, especially when the sun sets and evening lights illuminate the city.
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Beautifully constructed in the first half of the 12th century for King Suryavarman ll, it is the largest, best-preserved temple remaining in the area. Its stunning beauty and worldwide recognition have made it Cambodia's crown jewel. As the sun sets casting a warm glow over the treasured temple the moment can become truly enchanting.
Great Pyramid of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this amazing man-made structure is the largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis. There is a mystical feeling within its unique presence, adding to the perfect proposal.
Fenway Park, Boston, USA
Yeah, we know it's a little hokey, but why not have a little fun? Home to the Red Sox and arguably the most loyal fans on the planet, famed Fenway Park opened its gates in 1912. On a Boston summer's eve, the venue rises above all else in the city as the floodlights shine and the crowd comes alive. Fenway Park can make for a truly unpredictable and surprising proposal.