The Fountain in front of the Bellagio
Here's what you absolutely must do while in Las Vegas: sometime after
sunset, take your darling by the hand and walk to a spot in front of the
fountain at the Bellagio Hotel. Stand close to one another and wait for
the show to begin. As you watch the powerful jets of water that dance to
the strains of Andrea Bocelli, you'll experience a sense of awe at the
perfect juxtaposition between yin and yang, beauty and force, serenity and
power. Stay for the entire song, complete with a crashing crescendo at the
end. Enjoy the few drops of water that splashed on your arm. Smile at one
another afterwards, and think about how your own love mimics the dance of
On a gondola in the Venetian
No, you won't accidentally think you're in Venice. The water is too blue,
the air too warm and the gondola too shiny. But that doesn't make this
ride any less romantic: suspend your critical mind for a moment and
surrender to the fantasy. Close your eyes and lean close to your partner
while the gondolier cheerfully maneuvers the little craft through the
make-believe canals. Enjoy the warbling vibrato of his voice as he sings
an Italian operetta, and pretend that he's singing for your ears only. The
fact that you're with the person you love, participating in this grand act
of grown-up make believe, is sweet enough to make your heart beat harder.
And that's nothing to sniff at.
On top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris!
It's not a convincing substitute for the real thing, but it's not awful...
the Eiffel Tower in the Paris Hotel gives you a little flimmer of joy as
you go up, up, up, and an even bigger one if you're standing at the top
with someone you love. Take in the view, and huddle close to each other
while you whisper plans for the real trip you're going to take to that
most romantic city someday soon (right?!). Consider this to be a warm-up.