For a great romantic vacation, look to the great romantics
February 10, 1998
Web posted at: 10:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT)
(CNN) -- Great love stories not only endure in popular imagination -- they leave an indelible mark on the places they were played out, infusing scenic beauty with heartbeat and personality.
Forget the maps and the travel brochures; travelers looking for a romantic destination -- for Valentine's Day, a honeymoon or a dream getaway -- should look to great lovers as their guides.
One could take a cue from Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and visit the charming Connecticut seaport where they honeymooned. Or, for a romantic trek further afield, see the Taj Mahal -- that magnificent temple to love built by 17th century Mughal emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved, departed wife. Or follow the footsteps of Ernest and Hadley Hemingway in Paris, where they spent their happiest days together.
From the medieval streets of Florence where Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning moved when they married to bustling New York City where moviemakers have for decades romanticized the Empire State Building rendezvous -- the possibilities for a romantic vacation begin where love does, in the heart and the imagination.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall | Shah Jehan and Mumtaz Mahal | Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
| Ernest and Hadley Hemingway | Sam Baldwin and Annie Reed