Is Romance Geographical?

When I think of romantic locations, I think of Paris, Venice, Hawaii, far-off dreamy destinations. So you can imagine my shock when my hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, home to Dolly Parton and funnel cakes,  was named the most romantic city in America for the 2nd year in a row. (You can see the whole article here).

Knoxville was determined the most romantic city by, the online megastore, by compiling sales data. They studied the purchases of romance novels, rom-com DVDs, and music by artists like Luther Vandross and Barry White, etc. to decide the most romantic city.

But to me, romance novels and Luther Vandross CDs are not romantic. Instead, they seem outdated and fit for someone wearing jorts and a bad perm (more fitting for Knoxville).

So I ask you, what is romantic?

Is it “sexual wellness products” as phrases it? Or is it coming home after work to someone who has already started dinner? Or is it a sweet email? Or is it holding hands?

For me, it’s eating cereal. Nothing is more romantic to me than sitting on the couch with the guy I like, doing absolutely nothing, ignoring the world around us, and just eating cereal. Maybe some old TBS shows too? SO romantical.

Obviously, these potential methods of romance can’t be measured. Therefore I guess we will never know the REAL most romantic city (DARN!). But to get real sappy– if you have romance in your life, than don’t you think the most romantic city is the one you and your partner are  in?

So what do you think is romantic? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Let’s talk.

Happy Thursday y’all!

Lauren Schaefer

Lauren Schaefer is a nonprofit event planner, comedy improviser, avid blogger and New York City single lady. She documents her own new journey as a young professional in New York at her blog From the Fifth Floor.

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