While poking through a local thrift store recently, I happened upon a vintage tandem bike in fire engine red. It put me in mind of the tune called “On a Bicycle Built For Two”, which I promptly began humming. Over the next few days, the image of that bicycle stuck with me, as did the song. I hummed, sang, and whistled it at odd moments while envisioning a sort of Mary Poppins and Burt moment, just as they jumped into the chalk painting on the sidewalk, but with a tandem bike instead of mobile carousel horses. The culmination of this Disney daze brought me to ruminations on other means of transportation for two, and how it lends itself to creating the basic scene for a couple’s night out.
While Amsterdam is the bicycle capital of the world, many European cities, such as Barcelona offer tandem rentals with which you may plot your own course – a fun mode of transportation for two. Cycle leisurely through Park Güell, designed by architect, Antoni Gaudi. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park features artistic flourishes and details from beautiful mosaics to structures that were created to incorporate the parks natural landscape. Incorporate a picnic, and perhaps afternoon nap, along one of the many paths when you’re ready for a break from your cycling explorations. Find a vantage point to look out over the expanse of the city as the sun sets.
Train of Love – Johnny Cash
Board a train and experience the mystery and majesty of the Swiss Alps as you savor a bottle of wine from the interior of a rail car. Traverse bridges, pass through forests, and over mountain streams while you take in this wild and majestic landscape. Cities such as Lucerne, Zurich and Geneva all offer an opportunity to partake in a rail journey with the potential end destination of a slope side resort.
My Little Deuce Coupe – Beach Boys
From Milan to Catania, Italy takes you on an exquisite tour of history, culture and gastronomy. Travel in style with a fun and sporty Maserati GranCabrio car rental. Put the top down and follow the picturesque coastline, with the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and your main squeeze by your side.
Whether you’re under moonlit skies or bright sunshine, one of the most quintessential, romantic modes of travel is found within the nearest watercraft. A gondola, or its equivalent, can be found in many countries, in many styles, but the canals of Venice are what will spring first and foremost to many a mind. While these Venetian row boats were once the major transport of the city, they are now primarily utilized to convey couples sedately through the city waterways. Add a violin and a rich baritone from an open air café, and you have the makings of an enchanted evening.
Get Your Kicks, On Route 66 – Chuck Berry
From Los Angeles to Chicago, motorcycle rentals are an exciting alternative to cruising Route 66. Take your chances with, rain or shine, and navigate this historic highway immortalized in song and memory. Spray paint your initials at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, cross the painted desert and petrified forest in New Mexico, then stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon for a couples shot, overlooking the Colorado River.
Sleigh Ride – Karmin
For the holidays, bundle up and cuddle close for a horse-drawn sleigh ride in Salzburg. Watch shoppers bustling through Christmas Markets as you share a mug of decadent hot chocolate while being conveyed through the wintry beauty of one of Austria’s largest cities.
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
Take a flightseeing tour by gyrocopter, or helicopter, over Germany, homeland of the Grimm Brothers. See the dark woods and fairytale castles that inspired generations of stories and folklore from an airborne perspective.
Hot Air Balloon – Owl City
Annonay is the city of the first untethered hot air balloon flight that took place on November 21, 1783. L;Art de l’Envol, which translates to “the art of taking off” is the city’s balloon festival held annually. Join a bright menagerie of international balloonists as you rise above the cloud line. Inquire of your designated aeronaut if they can snap a shot to commemorate your aerial ascent.
Use the element of surprise to create a special romantic rendezvous for your partner. It will not be anticipated as your trip on its own will be seen as your couple’s time away. Thoughtful gestures do not need an occasion but are valued more highly for their spontaneity! Next time your vacation planning, leave a little extra room for romance.
Care to share about a date that went well beyond your expectations or perhaps your best laid plans went awry (as they often do), but turned into a great story at the end? We’d love to hear about it! Share your stories of romantic transportation for two below.