Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Smarter Travel has released its list of the most unromantic places in the world.
This is probably why I’m single, but I would take a sweatheart to a penis museum in Iceland, or say an evening at the Paris Sewer Museum. And I would totally take a date to the Museum of Broken Relationships in Croatia.
But alas, people much smarter than me have decided these are actually not suitable places to spend St. Valentine’s Day.
Other, apparently relationship killers, include a meal at Archipelago in London, where you can also sample panfried crickets with quinoa. Gross. Another no-go might be an evening at the New Valamo Monastery in Heinvesi, Finland, where you can join in the peaceful monastic life (from $55 a night.) And again, as someone who once had a blast while spending a whole weekend in a Benedictine abbey in Arkansas — which included mowing a lawn and checking out the monk dorms, (yes, there was a keg of beer,) — I would welcome an evening in a Finnish monastery, where you can even take a class in icon painting. Very Cool!
And then for some reason, Trenton, N.J. got singled out for being especially unromantic. What a tough break. But blame it on Foursquare, which counted the number of reservations made on Valentine’s Day to determine a list of the “Least Romantic Cities in the U.S.” And New Jersey’s capital took the prize last year. (Insert Christie jokes:)