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Best Places to Propose: Focus on Prague

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So we’ve (virtually) ventured to Paris and Venice in our quest to find the perfect locale to pop the question, but our next whimsical destination may arguably be the most picturesque and swoon-inducing yet.  Yes, pulchritudinous Prague, the Czech Republic’s crowning achievement in gorgeous Gothic architecture and Roman Era throwback romance.  So grab your passport and your best gal as we czech out one of Europe’s coolest and most heart thumping cities!

The Astronomical Clock (the Prague Orloj)  

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If you want to send your sweetie the message that your love transcends all space and time, then you must propose to her under the auspices of the awe-inspiring Astronomical Clock.  The world’s oldest running timepiece of its kind, this old clock was first installed in the Old Town City Hall, in the famous Old Town Square in 1410 – bottom line: it’s old.  It records the actual time of day as well as the moon cycle and possibly all the time that humanity has left on the planet.  Regardless, it’s ornate, epic and unforgettable; the perfect place for the woman who really enjoys memorable metaphors.  As well as, of course, reading her ever-accurate horoscope.

Prague Castle

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The Prague Castle is the most massive (still standing) ancient castle on earth.  Old, intricately designed and ginormous: kind of a theme in this town.  Just to name a few of the numerous structures therein, The Castle is comprised of the beautifully intimidating Saint Vitus Cathedral (Basilica), the breathtaking Basilica of St. George, the chaste

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St. Vitus Cathedral at twilight

Church of the Virgin Mary, the delightfully cavernous Vladislav Hall, a secret chamber where the Czech Crown Jewels are stowed away, the rolling St. Wenceslas’ Vineyard just off to the east, and, oh yeah, the official residence of the Czech President.  Bring your hopeful bride-to-be to this historically rich and splendidly sprawling Castle and its grounds only if you both are sturdy enough to hike through the inordinately expansive terrain.  You don’t want to get down on one knee just because you’re out of breath.

Charles Bridge / Vltava River 

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Practically every super romantic city has at least one major river winding through it, with an iconic bridge arching overhead.  The Charles Bridge, named after its benefactor King Charles IV, provides some of the most astonishing views the city has to offer.  Construction on the bridge began in the 1350’s, and it wasn’t completed until around 1400 (and you thought that K-mart being built  in your town was taking forever).  This “most” (Czech for ‘bridge’) was built to replace the Judith Bridge, which crumbled after a devastating flood, and was possibly named after Judith Light.  Anyway, if you time it just right and bring your shnookie there at dusk, the bridge is lit simultaneously from underneath, from strategically placed lampposts above and, inadvertently, from the overlooking buildings of the cityscape.  Thus, drenching you and your full-time lover in an ethereal, otherworldly glow that is more romantic than Cupid riding a pink diamond covered unicorn that secretes Rosé champagne.  If that scene alone doesn’t completely knock her socks off, remind her that the Vltava river runs all along the Bohemian Forrest, a mystical place of magic and wonder.  Sigh.

The Dancing House (Nationale-Nederlanden) 

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Does your woman really stand out from the crowd?  Like, really stand out?  Then perhaps a proposal trip to the deconstructivist Dancing House (aka the “Fred and Ginger” house – get it?) is in store.  This structure stands in stark contrast to the preterite surrounding architectural motifs that Prague is typically associated with (Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau), and had numerous Prague-ites up in arms when it was built in 1996.  It’s uber modern, funky lines and ‘almost falling over’ slants make it seem like something out of Tim Burton’s wonderfully warped mind.  It was actually a joint venture between two innovative architects: the Croatian-Czech Vlado Milunić and the Canadian-American Frank Gehry.  If you’re getting your future ‘Mrs.’ an alternative engagement ring, this could be the ideal place to present it to her.

Wenceslas Square

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If the Old Town Square (where the Astronomical Clock is featured) is just a tad too mainstream for you and your cutie-patootie, a nice stroll to the Wenceslas Square may be in order.  Equally rich in history, Wenceslas is more oblong-shaped than ‘square,’ and has housed many demonstrations and parades dating as far back as the good ole days when the area was simply known as “Bohemia.”  It features many stand-out sites, such as the gilded facade of the Hotel Evropa, the legendary National Museum and more ‘Man on Horse’ statues than you can count.  This location could be quite nice if you want your proposal to have that classical, weighty and storied feel to it…or if you guys are equestrians.

Mucha Museum

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Does your lady fair have a flair for art?  Groundbreaking Art-Noveau, in particular?  One of the most beloved artistes to come out of Prague is Alphonse Mucha, a turn of the 20th century provocateur d’paint.  Best known for his revolutionarily styled portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, Mucha became synonymous with the sweeping Art Nouveau movement.  His work can be seen throughout Prague, in stained glass, such as in the luminous piece above featured in the St. Vitus Cathedral (possibly a nice proposal place too…but you’d have to do it really quietly since you’d be in a church).  The Mucha Museum showcases many of the eponymous artist’s works, and just may put your betrothed in the optimal mood for rococo romance and eternal, everlasting love.  Sigh again.

Star Summer Palace (Letohrádek Hvězda)  

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If your special someone (who’s to say they have to be a ‘woman’ – it’s 2015, after all) likes to travel off the beaten path, the Star Summer Palace, or “Star Villa,” could be just the romantically remote spot to take the knee.  A few miles away from the center of the city, the Star Villa is located in the middle of a game reserve (which could appeal to the animal lover as well).  The building itself was constructed during the Renaissance period, and has that ‘maiden trapped in the window’ / Rapunzel feel to it.  The structure is in the shape of a six-pointed star (hence the stellar name), and could be worked into a proposal phrase, along the lines of “You are a shining star / I’m starry-eyed when I look at you / Want to watch Star Trek?” …or something to that effect.

Whichever spot you opt to take your loved one to, it will be amazing, as all of this dazzling city is aesthetically, historically and atmospherically bountiful.  So good luck, or as the Czechs say: “hodně štěstí!” …just rolls right off the tongue.

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-Joe Leone

Best Places to Propose: Focus on PARIS

Paris, France, the “City of Lights,” is arguably the most romantic metropolis on the globe.  It has long been associated with budding love, eternal bonds and poignant memories.  Naturally this is an ideal location to pop the big question.  Here are a few of the best known and also some secretive spots to inquire if she will spend her life at your side.  C’est la vie! …Whatever that means.

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La tour Eiffel

Some things are incredibly cliché but still very touching and beautiful, and this is the most iconic structure of romantic love for a reason.  The Eiffel Tower literally towers over Paris, like a beacon of perpetual ardor.  Oui, there will be a lot of sappy dudes up there doing the same “Will you marry me??” thing, but if your lady likes the classics, then this lovely locale is for you.

Also, it’s in ALL these

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Pont des Arts 

This is the one and only destination for any girl who still identifies with “Carrie” from Sex and the City as her true role model.  It’s the spot where she and some Big(?) Guy reunite and he professes his love to her (…or something like that).  The bridge over the Seine River here represents the linking of one life to another; the journey you and your betrothed are about to embark on …or something like that.

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 Sacré Cœur Basilica Cathedral 

If your gal likes large religious structures, then here’s your spot.  Translated to “The Sacred Heart,” this epic church is sure to melt her ticker.

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Notre Dame

If you are troll-like and/or have scoliosis, the cathedral of N.D. might be the perfect place for you.  Your darling lady may pity you like Esmerelda did to Quasimodo, and allow you to slip a ring on her slender finger, with your grubby ones.

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Montmartre Region

A little marketplace set aloft on a hill.  Labyrinthine streets curl throughout, all inset with adorable cafes and boutiques.  If your companion is into shopping or art, this is your place.  World renown artists such as Dali, Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh were known to paint here in their day (and what’s more romantic than melting clocks and severed ears?).

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Wall of “I Love You’s”

It’s a wall.  It says “I Love You” on it.  In 250 languages.  Do the math.  If she likes love, she gonna’ love this.

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Arc de Triomphe

The most famous structure on the most famous street (the Champs-Élysées) in this fair city, the arc is certainly epic.  The vista here is so vibrant and vivid, she will not be able to forget this moment…even if she wants to.

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Luxembourg Palace and Gardens

The most beatific floral garden in Paris, this is a sure thing for the female who fawns over flora.  Added romance bonus: break into the palace at night and pretend to be royal lovers (like Napoleon and Josephine, who once presided here) …before le inspectuer de police throws you in le prison.

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Place des Vosges

Even Paris has corny things.  While this may be the city’s oldest “planned square,” replete with a gorgeous jardin, it also has a ferris wheel (La Grande Roue)!  Wait ’til you guys are stopped at the top and then BAM – whip out that diamond.  Just don’t drop it for the love of Mon Dieu.

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Palais Garnier

Is she a cultured, operaphile?  Then you’d be remiss to pass over the Palais Garnier, Europe’s most astoundingly eye catching, gilded opera house.  This is where Leroux’s story “The Phantom of the Opera” takes place, so you know it’s romantic.  This could also work if she’s really into creepy things likes wailing ghosts.

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Overlooking the entire city, this park is a contender for one of the most romantic spots in the universe.  Grottos galore.  Dazzling waterfalls.  Majestic cliffs.  A perfectly placid lake.  There’s even a tiny gazebo at the top of one of the vast hills, seemingly designed for proposing.  There’s absolutely no way that she could say ‘no’ here – if solely for the fear you’ll push her down the mountain.

Bonne chance, monsieurs!

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-Joe Leone