• Sunday, January 19, 2020

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  • Please be my Valentine

    Whatever you do, better not forget 14 February and your loved one(s) on that day.

    Let us gently remind you: It’s Saint Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine.

    A day for sending cards with hearts on them, red roses, or probably most effectively of all, for exchanging tender words and kisses.

    One legend says that in Roman history Saint Valentine was sentenced to death for marrying soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for illegally preaching to Christians. The saint and martyr healed the daughter of his jailer and sent her a “my valentine” love message just before facing his executioners.

    English poet Geoffrey Chaucer linked the day to courtly love and by the 15th century, the day had become an occasion for lovers to show their love for each other with flowers, sweets, and greeting cards, known as “valentines.”

    Like those in Venice, Amsterdam’s canals are very romantic. You can take a candle-lit dinner boat cruise, have a candle-lit meal by the water, ice-skate, take a horse and carriage ride or simply stroll through the old cobble-stoned streets, hand firmly and warmly in hand.

    Good time to go for a cycle on a rented tandem bike, or head for one of the many parks with a picnic basket then cuddle long on the grass or park bench, like the locals.

    The Concertgebouw’s Valentine’s Day performance sees the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra playing moving works by Verdi, Puccini and Elgar.

    The Rozentheater (roses theatre) presents Baby I Like it Raw, a laughter-packed new show by Boom Chicago for a fun evening.

    Or head for the famous Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) to steal a kiss? Legend assures couples who embrace on this little bridge over the River Amstel that they will have everlasting love. See whether the legend is true?

    On the clear and cold winter nights, the canal bridges and historic buildings are illuminated. There are (at least) the two of you to keep each other warm.

    Happy Valentine’s Day, from us all at Amsterdo!

    (photo: flyingpig.nl)

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